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Aphrodite
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posted October 28, 2003 10:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aphrodite     Edit/Delete Message
Hiya,

I was hoping if you could advise me about my facial complexion. There are usually light red blotches in different areas. They aren't scars or different skin color. They patches look like the blood circulates there more, or hot spots. When I first wake up in the morning, no reds . . . then after I wash my face and run around through out the day, the reds surface.

(I am an Aries Sun, eek . . . would probably explain it )

Thanks!

A.

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pixelpixie
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posted October 28, 2003 11:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for pixelpixie     Edit/Delete Message
Aphrodite~ Thank you for trusting me with this.
Hyperpigmentation happens for so many reasons. I would ask, are they raised? Do they seem like broken capillaries?
Do they crop up suddenly, and for no reason? Or do you notice they happen as a reaction ie; activity, after you moisturize,exposure to wind/elements etc.
If, barring these things, they seem to be normal, and no irritation, I would venture to say you are a fair skinned woman, probably finely textured, normal skin, even to the side of dry. Often people with fair skin do get some 'pooling' of blood, as anyone else would under normal circumstances, but yours is more visible. Your skin is probably very 'thin', therefore almost transparent.( you've also got that 'firey' thing going, the energy has to manifest somewhere!)
If you do have thin sensitive normal/dry skin, it is so essential to you that you moisturize and keep your skin in good condition and pliable. do not overcleanse, don't scrub more than once, at the outset, twice a week. If you need to exfoliate ( and you should) use a product that contains~ Gluconalactone. It is an alpha hydroxy, but it is a gentler one which moisturizes and ups the water content of the skin, as well as your skin's ability to retain water. Hyaluronic acid is a good one too, for moisturization.( it holds 100X it's weight in water and is found in the structure of the skin, with a small molecule, therefore it is easy to assimilate) ALWAYS use an SPF of at least 15. There are products out which can reduce redness....one ingredient is "Silymarin" (what a silly name- an extract from Lady's Thistle plant)4% Hydroquinone ( I doubt you need this, it is more for spot lightening due to malasma or age spots)
Tell me more about the condition...... and I can help you further. If it is a real concern, see a doctor /dermatologist! But i can definately help to a point. Have a great day, lovely lady!

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pixelpixie
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posted October 28, 2003 11:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for pixelpixie     Edit/Delete Message
Oh! One more thing, if it is a real concern, but more cosmetic than medical, there are so many beautifully textured, easily wearable foundations or tinted moisturizers, to cover the redness. You, if you have dry skin, needn't be concerned so much about oil content ( you know your skin, and what makes you react) It is usually minimal, and in some cases, oil is good.
As an aside, I have always loved the look of flushed skin. It indicates health and activity and an open sunny personality to me. Didn't your mom/grandma always wear rouge? Or tell you to pinch your cheeks?
It sounds though like you have a reactive skin...tempermental and it doesn't like anything 'touching it'. Let me know

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Aphrodite
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posted October 28, 2003 12:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aphrodite     Edit/Delete Message
Hyperpigmentation happens for so many reasons. I would ask, are they raised? Do they seem like broken cappillaries?

Hi! Thanks for the wealth of information! No, they aren't raised or broken capillaries. They make my face looked flushed.

Do they crop up suddenly, and for no reason? Or do you notice they happen as a reaction ie; activity, after you moisturize,exposure to wind/elements etc.

They come up after I wash my face with warm water, sunlight, temperature changes in the environment, and becoming angry!

I am fair skinned colored. I used to have acne prone skin, now it is a little drier, and yes thin. Oh, and the reds always appear after mosturizing too.

A.

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pixelpixie
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posted October 28, 2003 02:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for pixelpixie     Edit/Delete Message
You probably have dry/normal skin with 'sensitive' as a skin condition.
If it is reactive to your environment and anything you do to it, or DON'T do, for that matter, this is most likely the case. I wonder....does the redness last after you moisturize? Or is it temporary, and maybe due to vigorous rubbing, or your skin absorbing something into it. I have met so many people who have typically reactive skin. And it makes sense too. Our faces are exposed to so much in the environment...sun, toxins, smog, new technologies, wind, rain, humidity, lack of humidity, internal toxins. Gosh, the list goes on. We protect the skin on our bodies with clothing, but our face, our most expressive cherished possession that tells the world who we are is exposed in more ways than one. I would treat your skin very gently. Always use SPF containing moisturizer ( Make sure you aren't sensitive to the type of SPF either!). Don't wash with hot water, don't wash with soap, or harsh cleansers. Cetaphil, pHisoderm or pH balanced cleansers such as these would be ideal, as they respect the natural balance of your skin. I would simply treat the redness with gentleness, and use a foundation coverage to mask it if it bothers you terribly. Cuz you can't exactly stop your skin from reacting to your environment unless you lived in a glass bubble. Then , who knows, you may be allergic to the glass! I hope I helped a bit. If you need any more info, please don't be afraid to ask.

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pixelpixie
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posted October 28, 2003 02:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for pixelpixie     Edit/Delete Message
P.S.~ On a more medical note, have you been checked for Diabetes or High blood Pressure? These can give a redness, as well as other conditions....just a thought, to rule them out. Also roseacea, but as you said it comes and goes, so this is most likely not the case.

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