My 6th week.
Two weeks of no treatments… I felt happy but also a bit nervous, will it go well?
Well, it did!
During this period my biggest challenge was not to cleanse my face regularly and not to touch my face all day.
I’m so used to the feeling of new bumps or pastules during the day that I have to switch my mind: OFF! Don’t touch, Wilma!
Difficult, very difficult for me.
Tanja (who treated me) was satisfied, my skin looks calm and it still recovers. Very positive!
We decided a few things:
- the next treatment will be in 4 weeks
- I may cleans my face 2 or 3 times a week, only in the evening
- I may use a serum, also just 2 or 3 times a week, in the evening.
This way, my skin will have the time to repair itself and to get used to the new situation.
In the meantime I have learned a lot about rosacea, demodex, my triggers and (hopefully! ) my solutions.
One of my solutions is an acid…
As I told you before; demodex loves sebum, they love oils. And they love clogged pores filled with sebum and dead skin cells.
And some acids can help you to unclog your pores and remove dead skin cells!
Don’t let the word “acid” scare you. These products are non-abrasive and have soothing and calming properties.
One of them is Azelaic Acid (AA)
What is it?
A great deal of research has shown that AA can significantly diminish the appearance of skin blemishes, help fade post-acne marks and other discolorations and reveal a more even skin tone.
It can even reduce skin sensitivity and is compatible with any skin type.
Chemically, azelaic acid is a dicarboxylic acid. It works on skin as a gentle leave-on exfoliant which helps unclog pores and refine skin’s surface.
It also lessens factors that lead to sensitivity and bumps and has antioxidant benefits. Amazing, isn’t??
Azelaic acid can be derived from grains like barley, wheat, and rye, but it’s the lab-engineered form that is typically used in skincare products because of its stability and effectiveness.
It seems azelaic acid has a radar-like ability to interrupt or inhibit what’s causing skin to act up.
The skin “hears” the message azelaic acid sends and responds favourably, which leads to skin that looks remarkably better.
Another one is: BHA or Salicylic Acid
Salicylic acid belongs to the Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs) and comes from willow bark. There are many independent scientific studies on salicylic acid that prove the effectiveness of this acid.
Fresh, radiant and smooth
Salicylic acid is used as an exfoliant for the skin. Exfoliating is a gentle word for removing the dead skin cells which constantly accumulate on your face.
The result: your skin is fresher, more radiant and smoother. Your skin will become dull and pale if you do not regularly remove those dead skin cells.
Salicylic acid can give your skin a beautiful and radiant appearance in no time.
Since an exfoliant can irritate somewhat in the beginning, it’s important the product also contains soothing ingredients.
Or you can combine the exfoliant with a moisturizer which contains soothing ingredients, too.
The exfoliant (BHA) needs to be well absorbed before you apply the moisturizer on your skin.
Salicylic acid is fat-soluble and therefore very suitable for oily and impure skin. And for rosacea skin!
It penetrates the pores and dissolves accumulated sebum, one of the best solutions against blackheads, blemishes and enlarged pores.
Salicylic acid has the same chemical structure as the well-known painkiller aspirin and therefore it also has an anti-inflammatory function. This means that if you are allergic to aspirin, you need to be careful with the use of salicylic acid.
Research shows that salicylic acid is very suitable for skin with acne or rosacea. Hurray! ☺
Alpha Hydroxy Acid
There is also another acid; Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), a.k.a.: Glycolic Acid.
This acid ensures the removal of dead skin cells; it “exfoliates” the skin.
Although nature doesn’t need any help at a young age, it becomes a lot harder for the skin to get rid of dead cells after the age of 30.
By piling up dead skin cells, the skin becomes dull and the change of the appearance of impurities and flakes increases.
As I said before, using an exfoliant is a great way to give your skin that smooth and fresh appearance.
Your skin can also retain moisture better and superficial pigmentation spots become less visible.
However , for this subject (rosacea) AHA is less relevant because it’s water soluble. Due to the fatty component of our problem, a water based acid has a slower effect.
Important to know: AHA can irritate very sensitive skin.
For minor complaints this can be a very helpful acid, eventually combined with a BHA.
I write about it because it’s good you know the difference between these three acids!
Why not Use a Scrub?
A gentle scrub (apply with a light touch), a soft wascloth, or a very soft-bristled cleansing brush can be good options for a more thorough cleaning; but those techniques can’t unclog pores or reveal even-toned and bump-free skin the way an exfoliant can.
Do You Wonder?
You probably wonder why I write about chemical skincare products such as AA, AHA and BHA.
I understand that you’re surprised about the fact I write about these products.
And yes, I’m promoting a healty, organic life style, skincare, food etc.
I’m living that live fully!
But sometimes the natural product isn’t available or not strong enough.
By using chemical products identical to nature we can achieve the desired results.
So,sometimes you have to make other choices because of the situation.
For me, my rosacea journey is such a situation.
There isn’t a good or bad, right or wrong. It’s my story, my journey and I hope I can inspire others to find out what the best solution could be for them….
Are there any natural alternatives? Yes, there are!
- Intense exfoliant from ISUN Skincare (AHA)
- Watermelon with Q10 from Delizioso Skincare (AHA)
- Green Papaya + Lime Mask from Living Libations (AHA)
These can support minor skin issues.
And Delizioso will also launch a natural BHA, very soon. So for major skin issues a natural product
is on his way, too!