ROSACEA

Rosacea is a common, chronic, inflammatory, life-disruptive skin disease that most often affects the forehead, the nose, the chin and the cheeks. It begins with a tendency to redness or flushing with small bumps and sometimes pimples. It is characterized by flare-ups and remissions.

Rosacea is also known as “acne rosacea” because the inflammation looks like acne.

Rosacea generally onset in patients between the ages of 30 and 50 years. The majority of them onsets white women. When it appears in men is more severe than in women.

Rosacea is often divided into four subtypes which are:

 

♦Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea:

Its characteristics are:

  • Flushing and redness in the centre of the face.
  • Spider veins (telangiectasias)
  • Swollen skin.
  • Skin may be very sensitive.
  • Skin may sting and burn and itch.
  • Dry skin, roughness or scaling.

 

♦Papulopustular rosacea:

Its characteristics are:

  • Inflammatory whiteheads and pimples tend to come and go.
  • Spider veins.
  • Oily skin.
  • Skin may be very sensitive.
  • Skin may burn and sting.
  • Raised patches of skin called plaques.

 

♦Phymatous rosacea:

This subtype is rare. Its characteristics are:

  • Large spider veins.
  • Oily skin.
  • Dilated pores
  • Bumpy texture to the skin.
  • Skin may thicken on the chin, forehead, cheeks, ears and nose. When the skin thickens on the nose, it is called rhinophyma

 

♦Ocular rosacea:

Some people get rosacea in their eyes. Its characteristics are:

  • Watery or bloodshot appearance.
  • Eyes burn or sting.
  • Dryness
  • Itching
  • Eyes sensitive to light.
  • Blurry vision.
  • Feel gritty, often feels like sand in the eyes.
  • Cyst on the eyelid.

  

Causes

The cause of rosacea is unclear. Factors that can contribute to rosacea may be:

  • Heredity.
  • The face mite Demodex folliculorum
  • The bug Helicobacter pylori
  • Cathelicidin, a protein that normally protects the skin from infection, may cause the redness and swelling.
  • Alcoholism
  • Lack of stomach acid
  • Food allergies
  • Gastrointestinal diseases

 

Recommendations

Eat a diet rich in raw foods (vegetables and grains)

Avoid hot beverages

Avoid fats, all animal products, spicy foods

Avoid alcohol, caffeine, chocolate and cocoa

Avoid the use of steroids creams.

Follow a fasting program once a month.

Avoid wearing make up

Avoid heat temperature and saunas.

 

 

Beneficial Herbs

Herb

Form

Benefits

Alfalfa

Compress of tea herb

Detoxifying, full of vitamins and minerals           

Aloe vera

Gel

Healing properties

Borage seed

Compress of tea herb                    

Improves skin tone

Burdock root

Capsules

Blood cleanser

Calendula

Ointment

Nourishes the skin

Dandelion root

Tea bag

Improves skin tone

Dong quai

Capsules

Improves skin tone

Fennel seed

Essential oil

Nourishes the skin

Ginger

Tea bag

Nourishes the skin

Marshmallow root

Salve, ointment

Nourishes the skin

Milk thistle

Cream

Helps liver clean the blood

Nettle

Tea bag

Improves skin tone and nourishes it.

Primrose oil

Tablets

Skin healer due to linoleic acid

Red clover

Tea bag

Blood cleanser. Reduces redness

Rosemary

Cream

Improves skin tone and nourishes it

Sage

Tea bag

Nourishes the skin

Sarsaparilla

Capsules

Improves skin tone

Slippery elm bark               

Powder

Nourishes the skin

Turmeric

Cream

Controls inflammation

Yellow dock root

Tea bag

Improves skin tone