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Rosacea - Rosacea 2006
Written by Frank Mangano   
Friday, 03 November 2006 20:43

Rosacea is an inflammatory condition of the skin that causes redness of the face. It can often be mistaken for acne as it mirrors some ofthe same symptoms like small, red, pus-filled bumps or pustules. Rosacea has even been called adult acne or acne rosacea for that reason. While some people with rosacea did have acne as teenagers, the disorder is generally unrelated to acne that commonly affects teenagers. The cause of rosacea remains unknown.

In most cases of rosacea, adults and people with fair skin between the ages of 30 and 60 are affected and an estimated 14 million Americans have this skin condition. It is more common in women but men can develop more apparent signs of the disorder. Rosacea is not life-threatening, but it can affect a person’s appearance and self-esteem.

Rosacea tends to get progressively worse when left untreated and it is typically cyclic, meaning it can flare up for a period of time and then symptoms subside only to flare up yet again.

Typical signs & symptoms include:

- Red Areas on the Face

- Small, Red Bumps or Pustules on Parts of the Face

- Red Nose (rhinophyma)

- Small Blood Vessels on the Nose and Cheeks

- Burning Sensation in the Eyes (ocular rosacea)

- Tendency to Blush Easily

Rosacea typically develops in 3 phases:

Pre-Rosacea. – This phase is characterized by a tendency to blush easily, which may then progress to a redness that is constantly in central portion of the face, particularly the nose. This redness is caused by the dilation of blood vessels close to the surface of the skin.

Vascular Rosacea. – Vascular rosacea may develop as signs and symptoms of pre-rosacea become worse. In this phase, small blood vessels on the nose and cheeks swell and become visible (telangiectasia). The skin may also become overly sensitive and oily skin and dandruff may develop as well.

Inflammatory rosacea – During this phase small, red bumps or pustules may appear and on the nose, cheeks, forehead and chin.

Ocular rosacea which is a burning and gritty sensation in the eyes is experienced by more than half the people with the condition.

While the cause of rosacea remains unknown, many experts believe hereditary and environmental factors may play a role.

A blood vessel disorder which causes vessels in the face to swell is one theory as to how rosacea is caused. Another is a chronic bacterial infection in the gastrointestinal system caused by a Helicobacter pylori infection but no theories about the cause of Rosacea have been proven.

Avoid saturated fats, animal products and consume organically grown raw veggies and grains.

Treating rosacea naturally includes supplementing with the following:

Primrose Oil (500 mg 3 times daily) - Aids in healing many skin disorders.

Vitamin A (25,000 IU daily for 3 months, then reduce to 15,000 IU daily) - Aids in healing and construction of new skin tissue.

Vitamin B Complex (100 mg of each major B vitamin 3 times daily) - Helps maintain healthy skin.

Kelp (1,000 - 1,500 mg daily) - Supplies balanced minerals needed for good skin tone.

Multivitamin and Mineral Complex (take as directed on label) - Provides all necessary nutrients.

Zinc (50 mg daily) - Necessary for tissue repair.

Aloe Vera (take as directed on label) - Has excellent healing properties.

Chlorophyll (take as directed on label) - Aids in cleansing the blood and prevents infection.

Flaxseed Oil Capsules or Liquid (1,000 mg daily) - Supplies needed essential fatty acids.

Selenium (200 mcg daily) - Promotes tissue elasticity and is a powerful antioxidant.

Bromelain and Turmeric - Both herbs help control inflammation.

Milk Thistle - Assists the liver in cleaning the blood.

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