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Rosacea - What it is, How to Get Rid of it


Rosacea – what is it and how to get rid of it

Rosacea is a skin condition marked typically by redness on the cheeks with dry or oozing skin, acne and broken capillaries. It can also occur on the chin, neck, chest, and uncommonly the eyes. Rosacea affects women more than men, and people over the age of 30, but we are seeing younger people with this too. It is generally caused by an autoimmune reaction where the body mistakenly attacks the skin and causes inflammation and dilated skin vessels. The tiny capillaries get inflamed and then break open just under the skin. The face has many blood vessels near the surface and that is why we see it commonly there. But, what if it is not just the face where the small vessels are inflamed; what if the larger blood vessels are affected as well? Maybe Rosacea is just the tip of the iceberg and we need to use this initial irritation as a stimulus to clean up our diet and reverse the whole-body inflammation that this is signaling.

The autoimmune portion of the disease most likely arises from the gut, with triggers such as gluten, egg, dairy or corn. Sugars, however, are the main culprit here as they encourage yeast growth in the gut and the formation of alcohols that dilate the blood vessels. This is why many patients have problems with wine or alcohol, which make the condition worse.

There is some evidence that skin mites or the bacteria that feed off of them may cause the inflammation and treatment with topical antibiotics may help. There are thought to be 1 billion different microbes per centimeter on the skin surface, so having the proper balance is key to skin health. The skin serves as a barrier, keeping bad bacteria out and moisture and heat in as needed. We need to ensure a healthy microbial environment on the surface of our skin, just like with do with the gut lining!

Our gut bacteria balance is very important as well and vitamin deficiency can predispose our skin to infection and inflammation. The B vitamins are important for healthy skin and gut dysbiosis affects the absorption and creation of B vitamins.

So – what can we do about it? Here are some ideas to consider trying. You are always welcome to see your Navigator for further help instituting these lifestyle changes!

  • Achieve a healthy balance of bacteria in your gut

  • Eliminate any yeast or Candida infections

  • Take Probiotics

  • See my blog on this

  • Multiple strains

  • Eating raw and fermented foods

  • Consider taking digestion enzymes

  • Many patients with Rosacea have SIBO

  • Check out my blog for follow up on SIBO

  • Talk to your Navigator about this possibility

  • Eliminate dietary triggers

  • Consider dietary allergy testing

  • Avoid simple carbohydrates

  • Sugars feed yeast and the unhealthy kind of bacteria

  • Increase acidity in the gut and body

  • Focus on low glycemic index foods and high fiber vegetables

  • Alcohol

  • is converted to sugar

  • dilates blood vessels

  • Caffeine, soy and artificial sweeteners

  • Eliminate dairy

  • High glycemic load

  • Hormone exposure in milk products

  • Androgens increase acne

  • Allergic response to casein proteins

  • Use fat to reduce inflammation

  • Healthy Omega-3 fatty acids

  • Fish oil supplement

  • Fresh, wild salmon, anchovies, sardines

  • Fatty plants like walnuts, flaxseed, avocado

  • Alkalinize your diet

  • Avoid meats, dairy, gluten

  • Acidic fruits actually decrease body acids

  • Apple cider vinegar

  • Limes and lemons

  • May worsen symptoms for some people due to histamine

  • Don’t take antacids

  • They disturb the normal gut balance

  • May lead to SIBO

  • Healthy vegetables have Vitamin A

  • Leafy greens, kelp, spinach and kale

  • Carrots, sweet potatoes

  • Winter squash

  • Stay Hydrated

  • Helps with circulation

  • Supplements to consider

  • Good daily MultiVitamin like Oxylent

  • ​Has minerals and vitamins

  • Anti-oxidants

  • NO to Vitamin A

  • Zinc – with copper

  • Brewer’s yeast for acne

  • Topical treatments

  • Azelaic Acid

  • Antibacterial

  • Causes breakup of keratin

  • Tea Tree Oil

  • Helps with acne mostly

  • Antibacterial

  • Get a good night sleep

  • Allows the body to heal and decreases inflammation

  • Reduce your stress response!

  • Emotional stress directly tied to symptoms

  • Avoid the sun, wind and extremes of temperatures

  • Consider reducing the number of antibacterial products that you use

  • These kill off the good and the bad bacteria

  • Watch what touches your skin

  • Use natural beauty products

  • Use natural cleaners around the house and less of them

  • Natural fiber clothing has a healthier effect on your skin biome

Make sure to give this a few weeks to see improvements. Remember, your rash did not develop overnight, so give your body time to react to the changes. Remember that the improvements that you are seeing are only skin deep, but the real change is happening all throughout your body, reducing inflammation in the larger blood vessels and major organs, your joints and your brain!

Come see your Navigator for more information and get healthier today!

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