Rosacea

Overview

Rosacea pronounced (roh-ZAY-sha) is a common skin disorder, typified by redness on the cheeks, nose, forehead and chin that seems to come and go.  It can also occur on the scalp, neck, ears and chest.  It is often referred to as adult acne, showing up in the ages of 30-60.  The redness often worsens over time and is followed by pimples and bumps.  Rhinophyma can develop in severe cases, this is where the nose swells and becomes mis-shaped from excess tissue.  Sufferers may also notice irritating effects to the eyes, which can become bloodshot and watery.

Rosacea mainly affects individuals with fair skin who have a tendancy to blush or flush easily.   Women seem to be more prone than men but it’s found that men suffer from more severe symptoms.

Rosacea is a distressing disease and can have a damaging effect on a person’s life.  According to the National Rosacea Society, over 75 percent of people with rosacea feel the condition has affected their self-esteem.  It is conventionally treated with antibiotics and topical creams and gels which fail to get to the root of the problem.   Rosacea can be healed with natural products and treatments.  However, there is not a quick fix, it takes patience and persistence to see results.   Any problem with the skin is a sign from your body that something is not working properly internally.

Persistent facial redness is the most common sign of rosacea, and may look like a constant blush or sunburn.  This is often accompanied by small red solid bumps or pus-filled pimples.  Small blood vessels can be visible on the skin and the face can sting and burn as well as feel itchy and tight.  Sufferers notice that the skin can feel rough and appear very dry.  Raised red patches, known as plaques can develop and facial swelling can occur.

The four subtypes of rosacea are:

  1. Erythematotelangectatic Rosacea (subtype 1): flushing, persistent redness, possi­ble visible blood vessels.
  2. Papulopustular Rosacea (subtype 2): persistent redness with bumps and pimples that come and go.
  3. Phymatous Rosacea (subtype 3): skin thickening, enlargement of nose from ex­cess tissue.
  4. Ocular Rosacea (subtype 4): dry eyes, watering, burning, swelling of your eyelids, sties, damage to the cornea resulting in loss of vision.

Different subtypes can be experienced simultaneously and symptoms can range from moderate to severe.

All skin problems are a sign that the internal organs are not functioning properly.  Toxic build up ends up being pushed outward to the skin as a last resort for elimination.  The result is often a skin disorder. That is why treating rosacea topically is never going to heal the problem.  The only way to do this is to address the internal cause of the condition.

The actual cause of rosacea is unclear but here are the theories:

  • It is due to excess heat and toxins in the blood.
  • That it is due to over sensitive blood vessels in the face.
  • It’s due to excessive mites (Demodex folliculorum) which natu­rally live on the skin.
  • It is caused by H. pylori bacteria infecting the stomach.
  • It is caused by a malfunction of the immune system.  Research conducted by Richard L. Gallo, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of California, San Diego, and the VA San Diego Healthcare System, along with an international team of investigators, has uncovered a possible flaw in the immune system that contributes to the disease… (see research section for full findings.)

Here are some factors that can trigger rosacea.  So try to avoid the following:

Alcohol, spicy foods and hot drinks temporarily dilate the superficial blood vessels in the skin, exacerbating redness.

Extreme temperatures create the same response so be careful with hot showers, baths and sauna.
Avoid exposure to strong wind and intense cold and protect your skin from sun with a natural sunscreen with a high protection.
Skin care products can irritate the condition so avoid harsh soaps, shampoos, moisturisers and cosmetics – always opt for 100% natural, organic products.  Use luke warm water when washing the face and do so gently, finish by patting the face dry on a clean towel (rather than rubbing).

Stress is a huge trigger so it is essential that you start to reduce stress NOW.  See the Mind, Body and Spirit section for how.

As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here.

Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:

Health Protocols

Detox:

  • Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
  • Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days www.colloidsforlife.com Silver has long been recognised as a powerful natural antibiotic.  Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water.  It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.

Hydrotherapy:

  • To remove bacterial infections, toxic matter, improve the immune function and to encourage your body’s natural elimination process, colonic irrigation is highly effective We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body.  Read more about colonics by clicking here.  Find a practitioner here.
  • Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state.  During the program drink alkalized water, which you can buy from Real Water.
  • Invest in a shower filter, as it is important to avoid chlorine implored on your skin.  Go to www.ewaterdeal.com for a recommended shower filter attachment.
  • Take a bath as often as possible up to once a day with two litres of 35% food grade Hydrogen Peroxide. Click here to buy.

If you do the Jeff McCombs Candida Protocol you will already be avoiding all of the foods that trigger Rosacea.  However here are the foods to avoid at all costs.

  • Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
  • Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
  • Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
  • Avoid all fast food restaurants.
  • Avoid all fried food.
  • Avoid spicy food.
  • Limit sugar and grains as they raise your insulin levels.  Fasting insulin level should be 3 or lower.
  • Eliminate conventional dairy products.  The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows.  If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
  • Avoid conventional beef.  The best beef is organic grass fed beef, www.grasslandbeef.com. The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.

DO:

  • Follow a diet that includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables to encourage and alkaline state.
  • Include foods rich in vitamin B2 such as nuts, green leafy vegetables, fish, legumes, whole grains and probiotic yogurt.
  • Include foods rich in B3 such as paprika, tuna, swordfish, organic liver pate, and yeast extract.
  • Drink 2litres of pure filtered water each day.
  • Eat brazil nuts, they are packed with lecithin, selenium and zinc (all great skin tonics)
  • Include high chlorophyll foods into your diet such as dandelion leaf, cilantro, spinach, parsley, wheatgrass and barley grass.  They are all great for cleansing the blood.  If you find them hard to incorporate into meals then juice them in an extractor.  You can always add apple or carrot to sweeten the juice.

Supplements:

  • Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day to fight infection in the body.
  • Take FiveLac Probiotic one packet three times a day to support healthy intestinal flora.
  • Take digestive enzymes with meals.  They help change this by increasing the amount of nutrients that are absorbed from food.
  • Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met.  The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product.  You can find more details here.
  • Take 100mg zinc sulfate three times a day.  A 2006 study published in the “International Journal of Dermatology” looked at the use of oral zinc sulfate in patients with rosacea. The study looked at 25 patients with rosacea and treated them with either 100 mg of zinc sulfate three times a day or a placebo. Patients receiving zinc saw a decrease in symptoms within the first month of treatment. The study concluded that zinc sulfate was a good treatment option for rosacea.
  • Take Alli-C (super powerful antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-parasite garlic capsules) – 4 capsules three times a day should be taken for the entire four months.  1 capsule is the equivalent to 40 cloves of garlic (without the breath to go with it!!).
  • Take a tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar three a day before meals to balance stomach acid and intestinal bacteria.

Prescription and non-prescription medication:

What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking?  Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.

Applications:

  • Apply allicin gel (a natural anti microbial agent) to the affected area twice a day, once in the morning and once at midday.
  • Apply a thin layer of terrasil max (anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral) to the affected area at night.
  • If you are using any cosmetics, switch to a mineral based product such as Naked Minerals or Bare Essentialswww.nakedminerals.com, www.bareessentialsmakeup.net.  These products are naturally non-comedogenic, meaning that they will not block your pores.

Stress is a trigger for rosacea flare-ups, here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore harmony to the body:

  • Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
  • Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:

Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.

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  • Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage.  Find a practitioner here.
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress.  Find a local practitioner here or go towww.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
  • Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind.  Find a practitioner here.
  • What you think about is what you attract in your life.  Watch mindfulness films such as What the Bleep Do We Knowwww.whatthebleep.com and You Can Heal Your Life www.youcanhealyourlifemovie.com and start using powerful positive affirmations such as “I am learning to relax” and “I can let go of this situation” Say the phrase over and over again until you start to believe them.  Never underestimate the power of your mind.
  • Meditation: Meditation has been scientifically shown to relieve stress, as well as to improve overall health and immune function, and to reduce the pain and suffering caused by chronic disease. In fact, in 1984, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommended meditation as the more appropriate and effective choice for treating mild cases of high blood pressure, instead of commonly prescribed blood pressure medications. Meditation can offer new insights and improved coping strategies, better enabling you to meet the challenges of the day. Some types of meditation, such as Transcendental Meditation (TM), have even been shown to produce deeper states of physical relaxation than ordinary sleep.Although there are many types of meditation practices to choose from, all of them have one thing in common: focused attention on the breath. If you are new to meditation, you can begin by sitting up straight yet comfortably and closing your eyes. Place your attention on your breathing as you inhale and exhale. Each time you find your attention starting to wander, simply refocus on your breath. Though doing so may seem difficult initially, with practice it will become easier and easier, and you will easily spend 20 to 30 minutes meditating in this manner. The key is to be gentle with yourself and not force. At first, you may find yourself unable to sit still for more than a few minutes. If that is the case, don’t continue. Instead, each day seek to add to the length of your meditation practice until you reach your goal of 20 to 30 minutes per session.
  • Relaxation Exercises: Practicing exercises that help your body and mind to relax can quickly release feelings of stress and tension. Here is an example of a relaxation exercise that you can easily make part of your daily health routine:
  1. Sit in a quiet room with dim lighting, with your feet flat on the ground.
  2. Close your eyes and focus on your breath. Gently begin to breathe deeply in and out from your belly.
  3. Each time you exhale, mentally tell yourself “Relax.” Do this for a few moments, until you feel a wave of relaxation starting to move through your body.
  4. Now place your attention on your head, jaw, and face. As you continue breathing, direct the wave of relaxation throughout all the muscles of your face and jaw, including the eyes, then over your scalp and along your head, down to the base of your neck.
  5. Now tense your facial, jaw, and eye muscles for a few seconds, before relaxing them.
  6. Repeat this process with each remaining part of your body, beginning with your shoulders, back, arms, and hands, then moving down to your chest, abdomen, pelvis, thighs and upper legs, calves, ankles, feet, and toes. Be sure each area of your body becomes more relaxed before you move your attention to the next area.
  7. Once you have proceeded all the way to your toes, continue to sit with your eyes closed for a few more minutes, still breathing gently in and out of your belly, allowing your feelings of relaxation to deepen.
  8. Just before opening your eyes, allow your breathing to become deeper and fuller, feeling a wave of energy passing through you. Once you feel vitalized, open your eyes and return to your daily activities.

Ayurvedic Medicine

According to Ayurveda, there are two major causes of rosacea – excess heat and toxins in the body. When these two factors increase, they push through the skin to be eliminated thus causing skin disorders. Negative emotions, the wrong diet and stress can cause toxins and heat in the body. The liver and gallbladder become congested and their functioning is disrupted. The blood becomes hot and toxic and when it rises to the face, causing rosacea.

As always, the fastest more effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner.  Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here.

You may wish to research or discuss:

The panchkarma process – to remove heat from the tissues and intestines.

Triphala – an ancient Ayurvedic formula used to improve and tonify digestion and elimination.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) takes an holistic approach when diagnosing and treating rosacea.  It identifies areas of imbalance and then uses energy-healing, modifications in the diet, lifestyle changes and specialist herbs to correct them.  In this way, correction is done at the root of the problem and the body is then triggered to heal itself.  TCM improves overall health as well as treating the specific issue.

To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner.  Find your closest TCM practitioners here.

Here are some of the things they may recommend:

Dang qui – to detoxify the skin.

Pian Zi Huang – to clear heat and relieve toxins.

Green tea – for inflammation.

Acupuncture – to break up blocked energy, allowing the body to repair itself.

Aromatherapy

Essential oils have an abundance of therapeutic properties including anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, cleansing, calming and balancing.  When used correctly, the oils penetrate deep down into the skin cells to nourish, heal and harmonise.

To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.

The oils can be used separately or combined but must always be blended with a carrier oil, as they are extremely potent.  For rosacea conditions, rosehip seed oil is a great carrier to use because it strengthens damaged capillaries and reduces redness.

As a direct pimple treatment (combined with a carrier oil or natural gel & used directly on problem areas. The essential oils should not exceed a 2% dilution.)

As a steam treatment.

As a face mask when combined with a natural facial clay.

As a skin toner.

The best essential oils to use for rosacea treatment include lavender; tea tree oil; eucalyptus; chamomile; camphor, frankincense; sandalwood and cedarwood.

Homeopathic Medicine

Homeopathy is based on the principle that ‘like cures like’ –ie something that in a large dose creates the symptoms of a disease will, in a smaller dose in fact cure it.  Remedies are prescribed very much on an individual basis taking the whole person into account.  To find a tailored remedy you should visit your local licensed practitioner.  Find you closest homeopath practitioner here.

Here are some important homeopathic medicines that may be considered when dealing with your specific case-

Rhus Toxicodendron – for puffy, inflamed skin.

Arsenicum Album – for dry, flaky, hot skin.

Hepar Sulfuris – for pus filled spots.

Arnica – for inflamed skin.

Sanguinaria Canadensis – for redness, especially around the nose.

Herbs

Burdock root – has been historically prescribed to treat rosacea.  It has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, it stimulates the immune system and purifies the body of toxins.

Milk thistle and dandelion root – effective for their liver cleansing abilities.

Boswellia – this extract is recommended for its anti-inflammatory properties.

Liquorice – one of its main ingredients called glycyrrhizin is reported to be the main healing ingredient in liquorice. Studies have shown it reduces inflammation and soothes irritated skin.

Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) – recommended for its calming effect on the blood.

Green Tea – this extract has been found to reduce disruption of the skin barrier.  Dr. Tanweer Syed, a dermatologist at the University of California in San Francisco, reported that a cream containing a green tea extract called polyphenone gave a 70 percent improvement in rosacea compared with an inactive cream.

Yellow Dock Root – for cleansing the blood.

Other

Topical Cream:

Niacinamide CreamNiacinamide, a form of vitamin B3, has been used topically for rosacea. It is thought to improve the skin barrier, improve the skin’s moisture level and reduce inflammation.

Flower Remedies:

The Bach Flower Remedy Crabapple deals with the emotional and mental patterns of self-dislike as well as aiding in cleansing and detoxification.  It is the most popular flower remedy in treating skin conditions.  It can be taken orally, with 3 drops added to water 3 times a day.

Exercise:

Physical exercise is an excellent means of boosting the immune system, reducing stress and improving circulation.  Particularly helpful in this regard are aerobic exercises that are both relaxing yet capable of increasing blood flow. Such exercises include brisk walking, jogging, and rebounding (jumping on a mini-trampoline). However if you find exercise is a trigger for your rosacea light exercise that doesn’t cause flushing would be best for you.  We would highly recommend rebounding in this case as it is fantastic for your immune system and doesn’t create excessive heat in your body.  Adopting a program of regular exercise is one of the best things you can do for your health so you need to find what works best for you.

Qigong – Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body and enable energy to flow freely in your body.  See article section for more information about the art of qigong.

Chemicals in skin care products – The Dirty Dozen article from NC_Newsletter_08-06.pdf

Squeaky Clean – Colonic Irrigation for great health www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/squeaky_clean.php

Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress 

Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT for stress NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf

Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf

Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf

Reduce heat in the body www.onlymyhealth.com/how-reduce-body-heat-ayurveda-1317622641

Zinc for rosacea www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1268990/Health-news-Zinc-pills-help-relieve-rosacea-hearing-aid-small-jelly-bean-tequila-plant-holds-secret-good-bones.html

Collodial Silver NC_Newsletter_09-08.pdf

Video

EFT for self-image www.youtube.com/watch?v=njRG1yFBoy8&feature=relmfu

Clean up your health – www.hungryforchange.tv

Aromatherapy for Rosacea  www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cf6UH8wdU1c

Research

Immune response and Rosacea www.niams.nih.gov/News_and_Events/Spotlight_on_Research/2007/rosacea.asp

Mite-related bacteria may induce rosacea inflammation www.rosacea.org/grants/research.php#Powell1

Influence of skin temperature on bacteria in rosacea www.rosacea.org/grants/research.php#Dahl

Role of beta-arrestin in cutaneous flushing and importance of vitamin B3 www.rosacea.org/grants/research.php#Walters

Further Information (links and books)

The Amazing Liver Cleanse by Andreas Moritz

The Acid Alkaline Food Guide – Dr Susan Brown and Larry Trivieri, Jr.    For book review see NC_Newsletter_07-01.pdf

Eliminating Stress, Finding Inner Peace [Book] by Dr Brian Weiss

Stress-Free (Audio Book) by Louise L Hay

The Green Beauty Guide: Your Essential Resource to Organic and Natural Skin Care, Makeup and Fragrances by Julie Gabriel

You Are What You Eat – The Plan That Will Change Your Life by Gillian McKeith

Andrea Butje | Aromahead andrea@aromahead.com – aromatherapy

Carrie Vitt deliciouslyorganic@yahoo.com – organic food recipes.

David Spector-NSR/USA david024@nsrusa.org – meditation, stress

judith hoad judithhoad@gmail.com – herbalist.

Kath May kathrynmay@talktalk.net – reiki, tai chi.

Lillian Bridges lillian@lotusinstitute.com – Chinese medicine, living naturally.

Monika monika@healingmuse.com – aromatherapy.

Rakesh  GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic Practitioner.

Joanne Callaghan – joanne@tftrx.com   www.RogerCallahan.com Thought Field Therapy (TF) releasing unresolved emotions, stress and illness.

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