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Allergy Testing and Rosacea (Client Case Study)

A guest blog from Robert Jackson on identifying and dealing with an allergy…

At the age of 35, I started to develop red blemishes on my face. Mainly around my cheeks to start with, then my forehead and the backs of my ears.

The red patches came and went, but as time went on they came for more time than they went, up to the point where it was consistently visible.

It felt itchy, tender and was a bit flakey. Kind of like sunburn, which many people thought it was.

If this sounds like something you have, and your doctor has said that it could be Rosacea, this post could help you reduce the redness and get your skin condition under control.

But before we get into the solution…

I’d like to give you a bit of background to help you identify if this could be something you are suffering from.

As a child I suffered from eczema and have had bouts of it during different periods of my life, but nothing too serious that some creams wouldn’t fix.

I also have ulcerative colitis, which affects my intestines and ability to digest food properly. Fortunately, this is not too severe either so is easily managed.

I’m not sure if these things are related, but I would suggest that there is a link somewhere. The body is so complex that we barely understand how it works fully.

I’m sure that in years to come we will be able to identify patterns and help people better through understanding how different parts of the body work together.

The journey of discovery…

It came to a point where the redness was so bad that I felt embarrassed to go outside. I would only go to work and then home.

I had tried everything the doctors prescribed, from creams to lotions. Nothing seemed to work. I was becoming more anxious that I would not be able to resolve the problem and I’d be stuck with it for life.

A diet that helped my Rosacea

I had also tried out a relaxed rice and potato diet where I basically ate only a handful of ingredients, this included:

  • White rice
  • Beetroot
  • Chickpeas
  • Ginger
  • Kale
  • Turmeric
  • Olive oil

This diet seemed to work well. I did it for 10 days and the Rosacea cleared up but it was way too hard to maintain. And not healthy either, as it lacked a good enough range of vegetables, protein and vitamins.

The triggers which set Rosacea off

If you look online, you can find an unlimited number of websites listing trigger foods. Every food is on one of the lists it seems. And trust me, I have scoured all the lists!

Then there are other factors, like stress, anxiety, heat, cold, etc. You name it, it’s on a list. Just reading them fills you with anxiety and makes you think your life is over!

Note: One thing I am 100% sure triggers my Rosacea is sweating. When I exercise and sweat a lot, it stings and makes me come out with red blotches. Fortunately, I know how to calm it back down now, more on that later.

Allergy testing

I decided to try out an allergy test. There are various opinions on how valid they are, but I was desperate and wanted to try whatever I could to help resolve my situation.

I went for the complete body test one as it seemed the most complete test out there, including both allergy testing and intolerance tests.

I got my results back and found I had two main allergies. One to pollen, which I already knew about, and one to meat. I used to eat a lot of meat, perhaps 3 times a day.

On a path to recovery

The first thing I did was to remove meat from my diet, so I became vegetarian.

Note: It’s not recommended to change your diet drastically without first seeking medical advice.

I noticed that things started to improve. I then changed up the fruits and vegetables that I ate to reduce or remove the foods which were had a positive reaction on my intolerance test.

Making both of these changes definitely helped me to feel better, less itchy and red-faced.

Taking it up a level

I then found out about a cream from The Ordinary which contains Azelaic Acid. The word acid sounds bad but it’s actually a naturally occurring substance.

I couldn’t believe that no one had recommended this to me before because it is known to help with Rosacea. You can even get it as a prescription cream.

My experience with azelaic acid

When I first put it on my skin it really stung for around 20 minutes. I was so worried it was causing a bad reaction and making things worse!

Fortunately, there was no reaction on my skin and after some time it settled down. Every time I put it on again, the same stinging would happen but for less time.

I applied it morning and night and after around 5 days I had no stinging and my redness had pretty much completely gone.

I’d highly recommend anyone with Rosacea try it out, but remember to always seek professional advice before trying it out.

Keeping it at bay

I now have two ways to control my Rosacea:

  1. Make sure to eat mainly a vegetarian diet
  2. Apply azelaic acid every morning and night

Pro tip: If you sweat, make sure to rinse your face when you can and then apply some azelaic acid cream.

To summarise…

It took me around 1 year and lots of trial and error but with help from the allergy testing and finding out about azelaic acid, I now have my Rosacea under control.

Good luck to anyone else looking to find a solution, as I know how hard it can be to deal with on both a physical and emotional level.

Author Bio

Robert Jackson is the owner of PT Pod, a personal training and massage studio and a personal trainer at Minimal FiT in Canary Wharf, London. He helps office workers with limited time to train get fitter, stronger and lose weight.

For more information on identifying an allergy, click here.

Read our success stories

At Lifelab Testing, the most important thing is our customer. We endeavour to help our customers feel much better after an allergy test, when they have reevaluated their diet to help them alleviate their symptoms, some of which include a bloated stomach or headache. Check out some of our testimonials below:

Georgia Cole – Bloated Stomach

Georgia Cole from Survival of the Fittest (ITV) decided that she would like to a Complete Body test. This is our most popular test and one that we would recommend to anyone who is looking to identify both your allergies and intolerances. A bloated stomach, as well as stomach cramps, were seriously affecting her. However, Georgia had a home-to-lab allergy test kit delivered straight to her door, and she was able to do her blood spot testing kit from the comfort from her own home. Now the days of Georgia’s bloated stomach are behind her. If you would like to alleviate your allergy symptoms, then please do order an allergy test.

Hayley Clough – Lethargic

Hayley Clough, a bodybuilder who was feeling fatigued and lethargic due to her intolerances. Fortunately, for someone in her position, she was not suffering from a bloated stomach, but she did also have to change her diet in order to help manage her symptoms. She stated she felt a huge improvement after taking advice due to her allergy test, and she also experienced a boost in her performance and training.

The Darcys – No not those ones!

The Darcys are epic foodies.They openly admitted that in their testimonials, but what they also admit is that they are suffering from severe allergy and intolerance symptoms. In their testimonial, this sentence stands out as something that many people would relate to:

“But we’ve faced some issues with our diets for a while, so we did a Lifelab Test to see what we’re intolerant to.”

Having followed a new diet for a while, they both reported an upturn in how they were feeling and what it meant for them to feel much better. Allergy symptoms are no longer thanks to the Lifelab Testing allergy test.

Nambo – Bloated stomach

Nambo is a personal trainer who was desperate to get into peak physical fitness, as he was suffering from a bloated stomach. He turned to an allergy test to try and find out what was causing his symptoms.

Leading up to competition, Nambo changes his diet, routine and lifestyle to ensure he’s in top physical shape. However, he was struggling with bloating which was keeping him awake until 3 o’clock in the morning. Uh oh.

For more information on allergy testing and doing an allergy test, Lifelab Testing offer solutions to your questions about allergy testing.

MumtoMum’s Lifelab Testing Experience

Lifelab Testing got in touch with Samantha Poole of ‘MumtoMum UK’ as we understood that Samantha wanted to understand if herself, and her family, were struggling from any food allergies or intolerances. After being diagnosed at the age of 16 with IBS and losing her appendix at 21, Samantha wanted to understand more about her body and what better way is there to do it than taking an allergy test with your family and friends.

Samantha went through the entire allergy test customer journey from start to finish and documented her experience with us right here in this blog. She reveals tips and tricks to taking the allergy test and explains more about the results they received from taking an allergy test with us. Samantha said “5/5 for ease of the test to do at home and send off to the experts @ Lifelab Testing…I really hope this review helps lots of other mums and children too.”Click here to read about Samantha Poole’s experience with us.