Odd title, eh? At least I think so, because I am pretty darn healthy. I exercise. I am well within my BMI range. I don’t smoke, and drink very little alcohol. So, what is it about my health that I need to get real about?
Well, I have rosacea, which is a chronic skin condition. It has a quite devastating effect on the face. For the last twenty years, my face has been a red, itchy, bumpy mess. Supposedly, there are triggers that I can avoid to alleviate the symptoms. The problem is, I cannot figure out what my triggers are because my face is always inflamed.
So, what is there to get real about?
I have done my research, lots and lots of research, and everything points to rosacea being an autoimmune condition. This means the rosacea is a symptom of a deeper problem. It is not about getting real about rosacea; it is about getting real about about my immune system.
After twenty years, why now?
I would like to say it is because I care enough about my immune system to finally make very real changes. But, that would not be the truth. Here’s the truth:
Up to now, I have coped with an inflamed face by minimizing the redness with green foundation and concealer. Minimizing. The rash is still very much there. But, I am now making more and more in person appearances through Silver & Grace. Heck, I am even showing up on TV.
Dag nab it! I want to look good! It is as simple and as vain as that.
2. Creepy Crawlies
Scientists have never been able to figure out exactly what causes rosacea. Until two months ago, when a clever scientist discovered a creepy crawlie called a demodex mite. That lives on your face, no less!
Apparently, everyone has these microscopic critters living on their face, about two mites per square centimeter. People with rosacea can have up to twenty per square centimeter.
I have seen all those blow up pictures of mites living in our bed mattresses and crawling all over our cheese, and I could live with that. Out of sight, out of mind. But the thought of a whole community of these little beggars crawling all over my face FREAKS ME OUT, and I want them gone.
How do these mites link to rosacea and an out of whack immune system?
What I am about to describe is not for the faint of heart. Run away now if you get queasy!
When these demodex mites die, they decompose right in your facial pores releasing feces. That’s right. Poop. Right in your pores. The sheer number of mites on a rosacea sufferers face causes an immune reaction and tissue damage.
But it is a vicious cycle. You have all these mites in the first place, because an out of whack immune system changes the chemicals in the sebum (oil) on our face, which is like candy to the mites.
The solution? Improve the immune system!
Improving my immune system means I have to make very real changes in my diet. This is where I have fallen short in the past. But no more. Mites be gone! is my new motto.
Why will I be sharing this journey with you on a blog dedicated to living intuitively day by day, minute by minute?
Because in order live an intuitive life, you need to be true to yourself. Not just spiritually and emotionally, but physically as well. I know there are other women out there who struggle with the aspect of being true to themselves physically. By sharing my challenges I hope to inspire others to share and address their own challenges.
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In the comment section below, I would love to hear your answers to some or all of these questions:
- Do you have rosacea? Has it impacted your self-image and self-esteem? Any hints and tips on alleviating your flare ups?
- If not rosacea, do you have another physical health challenge that needs to be addressed? Care to share what it is?
- Have you successfully overcome a physical health challenge? What motivated you to finally take charge of the situation?