Treating Rosacea is quite difficult because it has no known cause. Naturopathically we treat the liver and kidneys, especially in the case of very fair skinned, blue-eyed males or females, the skin, alleviate stress (if it is a component), improve digestion and reduce acidity in the body. Cleansing and promoting the health of these organs will help to alleviate some of the symptoms of Rosacea. A product called Liverchol (enzyme process) promotes the health of both the liver and kidneys. It also helps with venous congestion, thereby improving blood circulation. Nutrients that promote healthy skin and help with skin regeneration are Vitamin A (which is in Liverchol), Vitamin E (Solal’s Full Spectrum Vitamin E), Zinc, Vitamin C (buffered/non-acid form – Orthadren C enzyme process) and Omega 3 Fatty Acids (Amipro’s Ultra Omega). Some studies have shown that people with Rosacea have low stomach acidity and supplementing with HCl has shown improvement in Rosacea (use Stomach HCl – by enzyme process). Adding a probiotic (Ultra Flora – amipro) and an alkaliniser (Alkaplex Green – enzyme process) to your daily supplement use will promote better digestion as well as improving pathways of elimination and detoxification. If stress is a major component in your life then you need to look at replenishing your adrenal glands by using a good Vitamin B complex (Adrenucleo – enzyme process).
In natural medicine Rosacea is viewed as a ‘hot’ condition, therefore it is preferable that you avoid spicy, hot foods & drinks as well as alcohol. Chinaherb has a product called Clear Skin Heat (R69.95) which clears ‘excess’ heat from the body, especially from the skin.
Topically you can use a cream from Bioderma called Sensibio AR (R149.95). Its active ingredients help reduce the intensity of redness as well as inhibiting the factors that are responsible for dilating and weakening skin capillaries.
I hope all of this is of help to you, if you have any further queries you are welcome to visit the Natural Medicine Dispensary. You can also read more about Rosacea on our website by clicking here.
Sameera (Naturopath, Natural Medicine Dispensary, Cavendish Branch)