Rosacea: Natural Treatment for Rosacea Options That Work
Posted Oct 25 2008 4:48pm
Rosacea is one of those adult-onset skin conditions which gets worse and worse as time goes on.
Mild Form of Rosacea
You try creams, lotions, steroids, antibiotics, doctor 1, doctor 2, doctor 3, dermatologist 1 and so on.
There is hope - and there exists a natural treatment for rosacea.
Biggest problem in medicine: treating symptoms
Why do you think your rosacea is getting worse?
What is causing the Rosacea?
As an adult you would think that you’d never have a facial skin condition again.
Adults are stressed, take antacids, round after round of antibiotics, eat poorly and are do not sleep enough.
There is a natural treatment for rosacea. There is no cure as rosacea can come right back if you get back on the wagon again.
Note: Steroids do NOT work for rosacea. So if you are using them for rosacea, stop.
Common Causes of Rosacea
Low stomach acid (ie. hypochlorhydria) is caused either by stress, helicobactor pylori (h. pylori), antacids or age. The older we get, the less stomach acid we secrete. So the geriatric population should really look into supplementing with betaine hydrochloric acid or herbal bitters such as gentiana.
H. Pylori is highly indicated in many individuals with Rosacea. This is something that must be looked into.
Irritating Foods and Drinks:
spicy foods, caffeine, sugar, alcohol and coffee are the biggest problems for people with rosacea. Limit them.
Common Natural Treatments for Rosacea:
Tackle the Hypochlorhydria:
The easy way to determine if you are hypochlorhydric is to take a capsule of betaine HCl halfway through a meal. If you feel burning, you are likely not low in stomach acid. NOTE: If you have stomach ulcers, do not take hydrochloric acid. You will need to treat the stomach ulcers naturally first.
If you take a capsule of betaine HCl halfway through your meal, and you do not feel any burning in your stomach area, then you may need to take betaine HCl until the causes of low stomach acid are determined. You may try additional capsules of betaine HCl during your next meal. Stop when you feel a mild burning sensation in your stomach and back off by 1 capsule. If you are taking only 1 capsule and feel a mild burning sensation, then you are on the verge of being low in stomach acid or you need to eat more of a meal - not a snack.
Taking a digestive enzyme supplement is likely necessary as well in order to ensure proper digestion of your foods. Take the digestive enzyme as directed on the bottle. The best digestive supplement to take is one that is derived from plants as they can operate in any pH. Many digestive supplements cannot work properly unless they are in optimal pH - which in my mind defeats the purpose as people who need digestive enzymes are those who have suboptimal pH.
Ideally, in the short or long term, you find out the cause of the low stomach acid and treat that.
Are you low in stomach acid due to taking antacids because of GERD? Then you need to step back and treat the GERD naturally. ( another topic..)
Are you low in stomach acid due to being stressed? Decrease stress with exercise, sleep, multivitamins, meditation, friendships, hobbies or emotional support supplements.
Are you low in stomach acid due to having H. pylori? Get tested by your doctor. If you have H. Pylori, kill it with the triple antibiotic protocol and follow that with a quality probiotic after. There are natural killers of H. Pylori also - such as Manuka Honey.
Are you low in stomach acid as you are over 50 yrs old and are naturally low in stomach acid anyhow?
Tackle the Dietary Habits
FInd alternatives to the caffeine - consider Green Tea, Yerba Mate, B vitamins
Find alternatives to the spicy foods - consider jazzing up the recipes with a variety of ingredients.
Find alternatives to alchohol - stressed? Decrease stress with exercise, sleep, multivitamins, meditation, friendships, hobbies or supplements.
Find alternatives to sugar - if you eat more frequent meals, you won’t have the craving for sugar. Eat protein snacks every couple hours such as trail mix, wild goji berries, PB & J sandwich, avocados, sushi, almond butter on celery.
I have treated numerous patients with this protocol successfully. I urge you to try it.
Research abstracts prove my points below.
Should you have any questions about the Natural Treatment for Rosacea, post a comment. I’ll get back to you.
Research on Rosacea:
Helicobacter pylori eradication treatment reduces the severity of rosacea.
Department of Dermatology, University of Erciyes School of Medicine, Kayseri, Turkey.
BACKGROUND: A higher prevalence of Helicobacter pylori infection in rosacea patients than in healthy controls has been reported. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of H. pylori eradication therapy in patients with rosacea. METHODS: Twenty-five rosacea patients and 87 age- and sex-matched healthy controls were included in this study. We detected IgG and IgA antibodies against H. pylori in both groups. An upper gastrointestinal endoscopy and a rapid urease test were performed on the 13 patients with rosacea who accepted this procedure. Amoxicillin 500 mg 3 times daily, metronidazole 500 mg 3 times daily, and bismuth subcitrate 300 mg 4 times daily were administered to patients positive for H. pylori. The severity of rosacea was scored before and after treatment. RESULTS: There was no statistical difference in seropositivity in either group. In H. pylori-positive rosacea patients there was a significant decrease in the severity of rosacea at the end of the treatment as compared with the initial scores. CONCLUSION: Our findings suggest that H. pylori may be involved in rosacea and that eradication treatment may be beneficial.
Aggravating factors of rosacea
Katedra i Klinika Dermatologii, Collegium Medicum, Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Kraków.
Rosacea is a chronic, inflammatory skin disease which is mainly localized in the central region of the face. Papules and pustules appear on the erythematic ground. Rosacea is common in population. Four subtypes of rosacea (erythematoteleangiectatic rosacea, ETR; papulo - pustular rosacea, PPR; ocular rosacea and phymatous rosacea) are classified (according to current classification) and one variant rosacea (granulomatous rosacea, GR). It is considered that an attempt to determine of triggering factors of rosacea should be the first step to treatment. Then it should be tried to eliminate contact with them. The aim of this study was an analysis of triggering factors of rosacea. 43 women and 26 men treated in the Dermatology Outpatient’s Clinic of Jagiellonian University School of Medicine in Cracow were enrolled in the study. All patients were asked which factors trigger skin changes according to them. Patients mentioned most often: stress (58 percent), sun exposure (56.5 per. cent), alcohol (33.3 percent), exercise (29 percent), drinking coffee (21.7 percent) and hot meals (20.3 percent). They regarded the sun as the most strongly aggravating factor of rosacea (29.2 percent). It seems, that elimination and reduction of contact with aggravating factors is still an undervalued aspect of rosacea’s treatment. Patients’ motivation for use of prevention seems to be also very important. Knowledge about aggravating factors of rosacea, coming directly from patients’ observations, may help in more effective treatment.
Susceptibility of Helicobacter pylori to the antibacterial activity of manuka honey.
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.
Honey is a traditional remedy for dyspepsia, and is still used for this by some medical practitioners although there is no rational basis for its use. The finding that Helicobacter pylori is probably the causative agent in many cases of dyspepsia has raised the possibility that the therapeutic action of honey may be due to its antibacterial properties. Consequently, the sensitivity of Helicobacter pylori to honey was tested, using isolates from biopsies of gastric ulcers. It was found that all five isolates tested were sensitive to a 20% (v/v) solution of manuka honey in an agar well diffusion assay, but none showed sensitivity to a 40% solution of a honey in which the antibacterial activity was due primarily to its content of hydrogen peroxide. Assessment of the minimum inhibitory concentration by inclusion of manuka honey in the agar showed that all seven isolates tested had visible growth over the incubation period of 72 h prevented completely by the presence of 5% (v/v) honey.