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Acne and Rosacea, Part 2

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Some people give rosacea cute tags like “The Curse of the Celts” because it is thought to be more predominant in folks with fair skin. Others call it “The Blight of the Baby Boomers” because the average age of onset is mid-40s. By any name, this chronic inflammatory skin disorder is definitely not cute.

About 13 million Americans — mostly women between the ages of 30 and 50 — suffer from rosacea. It develops gradually over time, worsens in stages and doesn’t go away on its own.

Early on, rosacea is characterized by frequent flushing or reddening of the skin, which is caused by inflamed blood vessels and hair follicles.

This flushing sensation feels hot, uncomfortable and tingly — much like a flush from anger or embarrassment.

As rosacea develops, the flushing is accompanied by painful red bumps called “papules” and whitish pus bumps called “pustules,” as well as web-like formations of enlarged blood vessels. Untreated, rosacea can eventually cause raised masses of skin called “nodules,” and in its last stage it can cause the nose to take on a bulbous appearance — like the late comedian and actor W.C. Fields.

“Rosacea is somewhat of a mystery to us because we don’t know exactly what causes it,” says Gurevitch. “To the average person, it can look a lot like acne. But there are real differences. For example rosacea doesn’t produce blackheads and whiteheads. Also, controlled sun exposure can be beneficial for folks with acne but it’s not good for anyone with rosacea because the heat can cause the skin to flush.”

In fact, some say exposure to the sun may be at the root of this skin disorder. “We think this is a sun-related disorder because we almost never see it in patients without sun-damage to their skin,” says Dr. David J. Leffell, a dermatologist, professor of dermatology and plastic surgery, and researcher at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. Hyperion will publish his new book, “Total Skin,” in spring 2011.

“It makes sense that fair skin is more susceptible to this disorder,” says Leffell. “The fairer your skin, the less pigment it has and the more damaging the sun’s rays. We’re probably seeing an increase in the number of rosacea cases because there’s more sun hitting the earth than ever before.”

Another contributing factor may be skin mites, which naturally live in face hair follicles, says Leffell. When the mites clog up the follicles, they can cause inflammation, which can, in turn, trigger a flare up.

Folks at the National Rosacea Society in Barrington, Ill., say environment can play a big role in triggering flare-ups as well. On their Web site, they post an extensive list of factors, such as extreme weather, exercise and lift-and-load jobs, chronic coughing, caffeine withdrawal, hot baths and saunas, alcoholic or hot beverages, and high emotions, like stress, anger and embarrassment.

In addition, they say diet and certain foods also may trigger flare-ups — yet another factor that makes rosacea different from acne. These foods include yogurt, sour cream, cheese (except cottage cheese), soy sauce, liver, yeast extract (bread is OK), broad leaf beans and pods (like lima and navy beans, and peas), eggplant, avocados, spinach, citrus fruits, tomatoes, bananas, red plums, raisins, figs, chocolate, vanilla, vinegar, spicy and hot foods.

Rosacea, while not yet curable, is controllable with oral prescription medications and topical creams. And when it comes to washing this delicate skin, the key, too, is to use gentle products.

“Bland is good,” says Leffell. “Wash with warm water and a gentle, nonsoap product. Avoid using hair and skin care products containing alcohol because it dilates the blood vessels. Only use products that are hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic, which means they don’t cause blackheads.”

Remember, rosacea can often be mistaken for acne. It is very important to have this condition diagnosed and treated by a physician because many forms of acne treatment won’t work for rosacea — and in some cases can actually make it worse.

The Tobacco Industry’s Image

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

I consider myself a capitalist and pro-business. Generally, I believe that business people are productive builders who help society. We have all, of course, encountered the exceptions. But there is one group of businesses for whom I can give no benefit of the doubt, and that’s the tobacco industry. For years, they have known that their products cause sickness and death. For years, they ignored the evidence, fought a legal and public relations battle and continued to produce their death sticks and other tobacco products. More, they sought to hook people faster and more effectively by upping the nicotine content of their products. (more…)

Vendors Selling Tobacco to Minors Without Penalty.Part 2

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

DHHS did not adhere to the Synar Amendment any more tightly than did state governments. DHHS did not take issue with any of the 3 states that allowed the sale of tobacco to minors without penalty. Funding was not withheld from any of the states that did not show evidence of enforcing their laws. (more…)

B2 Awards Post 1

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

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Dell Computer’s innovation addresses both tactical and strategic concerns in ecommerce. On both sides, Dell aims to solidify its Internet supremacy. On the strategic side, Dell gave us a hint of its future, the online elec-tronics superstore it announced in March. Expect Gigabuys’ features to be incorporated, which will take on an increasingly business-to-business profile. Gigabuys is a fun place to shop–just what consumers want. And is a serious place to purchase computers–just what businesses expect. Dell manages extremely low inventory levels for both. With Gigabuys, Dell is essentially an order aggregator without physical inventory for nearly 30,000 products.