Rosacea

See also Acne, Candida.

This chronic, eruptive skin disorder most often affects the forehead, nose and chin. Rosacea, a relatively common skin disorder similar to acne, is most often found in adults age 30 to 50. Women are affected three times more often than men. Rosacea is recognized by small groups of capillaries, close to the surface of the skin, which become dilated, resulting in blotchy red areas, with small bumps and sometimes pimples. The redness can come and go, but may become permanent. The inflammation may look similar to acne, but more pronounced, with little or no whiteheads or blackheads.

The underlying cause has not been determined, but several factors are known to aggravate rosacea including: alcoholism, menopausal flushing, hot liquids, spicy foods, exposure to sunlight, extreme temperature or humidity, make-up, local infection, B-vitamin deficiencies and gastrointestinal disorders. In general, the oil metabolic pathways in the body are disturbed.

Recommended Action

Start a program with a 12 day D-Tox Diet or Cleansing Diet. Eat a diet high in raw vegetables and organic grains. Avoid fats (especially saturated), alcohol, caffeine, cheese, chocolate, cocoa, dairy products, salt, sugars and excessively spice food. Avoid drinking extremely hot liquids (drink tepid liquids). Check out your own personal allergies (see Diet Plans). Avoid hot water when washing and bathing, sauna, steam baths, or hot tubs. Keep make-up to a minimum, using only natural, water based products.

There is no known cure for rosacea, but many things have been done to lower the incidence of it. Research has shown that rosacea patients have very low hydrochloric acid in their stomachs, affecting other digestive enzymes. Often rosacea sufferers have a high level of Helicobacter pylori (considered responsible for ulcers).

Combinations:  Fenugreek and Goldenseal.

Nutritional Supplements: Krill / Black Currant Oil (2,000 mg, twice daily), B-complex, Vitamin A, (25,000 IU daily), Beta Carotene (30,000 IU, twice daily), BEVC (2 tablets, twice daily), Vitamin C (1,000 mg, three to five times daily), Vitamin E (400 IU daily), Zinc (50 mg daily).