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Acne Rosacea


My question is concerning Rosacea (facial redness, red cheeks). I have had red cheeks for all my life, but only started to take notice of it when I got in high school and only because other people started to notice it. Now almost in my 20’s it has become somewhat of an everyday issue since it’s been affecting my confidence. I did not really know what it was or if there were any other people with this problem until I searched the internet and saw the commotion about Rosacea. I understand there is no cure for this but there are several topical creams and so-called ‘remedies’ out there which can help ‘cure’ Rosacea. I bought a topical cream (Clinique Redness Relief Daily Cream) which was R440, which is a lot for a 50ml cream. Unless it came with results, but I’ve been using it for a long time now and I can’t say that I’ve seen any results. Most recently I stumbled upon a website which promotes and sells an eBook called ‘Banish Rosacea’. In this book the author claims to have found an all natural cure for Rosacea. He says according to a study all Rosacea suffers lack to produce the amino acid lysine and taking a lysine supplement most likely will reduce the facial redness. He also says one should be taking a HCL supplement, a zinc supplement as well as be drinking apple cider vinegar to reduce redness. The point is, I’ve been spending quite a lot of money on this issue (and so are many others) and is scared to try this advice, because nothing seems to work. This is quite a big issue for me and doctors and dermatologists are expensive and some lack the knowledge on this issue. I am currently living quite a healthy lifestyle but am not sure if my body may be lacking something, which is causing the redness (the lysine for example?). I want to know if there is something I can do naturally and that won’t cost me a lot of money to fix this issue?

Sameera (dr.) Abbas Naturopath View profile

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.

Regards

Sameera (Naturopath, Natural Medicine Dispensary, Cavendish Branch)


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