Running Red-Faced: Rosacea

Rasacee couperose zones

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I don’t have an official diagnosis of Rosacea, but I learned about it when my mother was diagnosed several years ago and I decided that I probably have it, too.  It didn’t bother me much other than the occasional flushing after drinking a glass of wine.  However, last year as I got into a fairly challenging TurboKick class at my gym, I found myself getting rather red-faced during class.  It would last for a while after class, sometimes for several hours, and sometimes I’d have burning and/or itching and/or tingling on my cheeks throughout the day afterward.  After reading up I started taking breaks during class to wet a paper towel with cold water from the water fountain and wipe off my face and the back of my neck.  This seemed to help enough to keep my face from getting too red, and to keep the effects from lingering.

However, once I started training for my 5K, the problem flared up again (no pun intended!).  Once I started running more than 1/2 a mile at a time, my face would get very hot, beet red, and stay that way for quite a while.  I found a couple of things helped.  One was to choose a treadmill where one of the ceiling fans was blowing directly onto me.  We have a few leftover “chill towels” from one of my husband’s sporting events and I would wet a couple of them and put them in a plastic zipper bag with some ice cubes.  As I started to get warm, I would hold one of these against my face and/or hang it around my neck.  After my workout I would hold one up to my face for a while in addition to washing my face off with cool water.

After my post-workout shower I would lightly moisturize my face with Artistry Essentials Soothing Creme.  According to the Artistry website the creme features:

  •      Exclusive Artistry Soothing Complex featuring Black Bamboo, Licorice, and Blue Lotus Flower to soothe, quiet, and address the visible signs of irritated skin and maintain skin’s normal moisture barrier function
  •             Vitamins A, C, E, and B5 nourish, fortify, clarify, protect and balance skin
  •             Chia and Borage supplement the skin with essentials fatty acids
  •             Works day and night to optimize moisture balance
  •             Ideal for all skin types and safe for sensitive skin

This is a very lightweight cream and I liked the way that it hydrated my skin without feeling thick or greasy or causing any more “trauma” (for lack of a better word for the redness, stinging, etc.).  It didn’t automatically make the redness and discomfort go away but gently applying it did feel soothing.  I’ve been using and selling Artistry products for over 20 years so I felt safe applying this to my face.

Recently I purchased a product called “Ultracalming Mist.”  It is made by dermalogica and I purchased it at Ulta.  According to the label it is “Recommended for sensitized, reactive and recently resurfaced skin.”  It is described as:

A soothing and hydrating mist that quickly relieves sensitivity while helping to calm redness, stingin and aggravated skin. Our exclusive UltraCalming Complex contains Oat and botanical actives that work below the surface to interrupt inflammatory triggers that lead to sensitization, while helping to minimize discomfort, burning and itching.  Oat and Giner actives combined with Bisabolol and Boerhavia Root Extract work synergistically to relieve and restore skin while fighting future flare-ups.  Soothing Aloe helps calm while correcting the moisture level imbalance that can provoke sensitized skin. 

I haven’t been running recently so so far I have just used the mist when I’ve been hot from just being outside, it feels refreshing but I don’t know if it’s really had any “effects.”  I’m planning to start doing some running again, though, so I’ll report on whether or not the mist seems to help.

I hope that this information will be helpful to others who may be experiencing these issues.  I’d love to hear any tips others might like to share, please Tweet me @realmugglemom.

Update – Six Weeks of 5K Training

The Head Ache

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(So my weekly workout posts dropped by the wayside as the pace of life sped up this spring.  I did continue to train faithfully and want to share the experience with you, even if it is in less detail).   

Following my last post, my next workout was a doozy.  I woke up with a bad headache.  I took some ibuprofen and went ahead to the gym, assuming that at some point my headache would go away.  My headache continued through my run and through much of it it just felt like each step was jarring my head/brain.  By the time I had gotten to a certain point, however, I really didn’t want to quit then, I wanted to at least have the satisfaction of completing my workout.  I did so but I felt rough at the end and for the rest of the day.  As the day went on my headache continued, then later in the day I started to feel nauseated.  Duh, I had a migraine!  I know it may sound dumb not to know that I had one, but I get headaches rather often, but migraines only occasionally, so usually it does take me a while to figure it out.   Sometimes I get the nausea first, and think I’m getting sick, then get the headache and realize it’s a migraine.  Sometimes I just get the nausea.  (Sorry to digress but if you happen to continue reading my blog, this information will be pertinent later on)!

I had been so psyched from my previous workouts, that it was really a mental blow to have such difficulty getting through this workout.  Even though I’m sorry that I didn’t have enough sense not to run with that headache, I was relieved to know that I really was dealing with unusual circumstances and that there was a reason it had been such a difficult workout.

Another discouraging moment I had was during a treadmill workout when it just seemed like I was running and running and it was taking forever to go any distance.  Somehow in my head I was thinking that the run I was training for was five MILES, not a 5K.  If I remember correctly, I needed to go a distance of 2 miles for this workout.  I felt like I barely made it to 1 -1/2 miles.  As I continued to push myself, I wondered how in the world I was going to make it to five miles, when it was that hard for me to go a mile and a half.  All the confidence I had gained up to this point seemed to evaporate.  Then, as I approached two miles, I suddenly realized my error.  That I was training for 5 KILOMETERS (3.1 miles), not 5 MILES.  That once I was able to run two miles, that meant that I was basically 2/3 of the way there.  Whooeee!  Relief flooded through me and I also went from feeling very unconfident to being quite proud of myself for being able to run two miles.  That workout ended on a happy note! 

The Day After Yesterday

A bottle of 50 200mg Advil caplets

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Yesterday as the day went on, my shoulders started talking to me.  Nothing horrible but by the end of the day I definitely knew they were there, also the muscles across the top of my back (shoulder & neck area).  Quads, a little bit.  This morning, was sore but not too, too bad.  Advil helped.  I also had a well-timed massage scheduled first thing in the morning.  That, of course, felt heavenly.  I’ve been doing the “Hip Hop Abs” DVD program and doing that today helped work out some soreness, too. 

I’m not sure if my quads are so sore from the running or the sculpting class, I *think* it was more the class but I should find out more after my second run, tomorrow morning.  Surprisingly, my calves are not sore, which is what I was expecting.