is an inflammatory skin disorder in which the nose, the cheeks,
the forehead, or the chin are chronically reddened and prone
to breaking out in acne-like welts. Unlike acne, however, rosacea
never produces blackheads or whiteheads, and it rarely appears
during adolescence. Instead, rosacea generally sets in during
a person’s thirties or forties, beginning with a mild
pink blush that doesn’t go away. If treated early, the
condition may never progress any further or may even recede
a bit. But in the advanced cases, it can cause permanent thickening
and redness, especially on the nose. Although women are more
likely to have rosacea than men are, men who do have rosacea
tend to have more severe cases.
that dilates blood vessels in the face can lead to a flare-up
of rosacea. Specific triggers differ from person to person,
but the most common are alcohol, hot liquids, coffee, spicy
or fatty foods, extreme temperatures, sun exposure, harsh wind,
and stress. It’s important to minimize the exposure to
triggers, because each time the blood vessels expand, they lose
some elasticity. Over time, they become incapable of constricting
properly and they remain in a dilated state—hence the
redness. A person who already has the early flushing of rosacea
will find that triggers makes his or her face even redder, or
that they lead to pimples that may or may not disappear when
the trigger is removed.
we understand the elements that make rosacea worse, there is
no one underlying cause of this. Skin conditions generally point
to some kind of digestive problem, and rosacea is no exception.
Many rosacea sufferers have been found to have low levels of
stomach acid, which prevents proper digestion of trace minerals
and possibly the overgrowth of bacteria that aggravates the
skin. Sluggish bowels and constipation may have a similar effect
on digestion. And whenever pimples or red spots appear, it’s
likely that the skin is pushing out toxins that an impaired
digestive tract is unable to process. Leaky gut syndrome, which
is characterized by malabsorption, may be an issue for people
with rosacea. Also, B-vitamin deficiencies, especially of B12,
are common with this condition. Friendly flora that are involved
with detoxification and that prevent the overgrowth of infectious
bacteria are often depleted. We have also found that rosacea
becomes a problem as the result of a hormone imbalance. Premenopausal
and menopausal women often find that rosacea starts to act up
until they get their hormones balanced with natural therapies.
On the other hand, synthetic hormone replacements and birth
control pill use initiate or worsen this condition for some
women. Finally, hidden food allergies may cause flushing that
is mistaken for rosacea.
treatment for rosacea involves antibiotics, either oral or topical,
which have a minimal effect and which must be taken continuously.
While people with severe cases that may lead to disfigurement
might want to consider medication, most people will be better
off making an effort to avoid their personal triggers and improve
** All of
these prescriptions below have been proven effective; level
of effectiveness depends on the individual. Please consult your
doctor when taking any and all supplements.
Super Prescriptions – Rosacea
Prescription #1 Gentian root (Gentiana lutea)
Gentian root improves overall digestive function. Take
300 mg or 10 to 20 drops five to fifteen minutes before
meals. It also works well as part of a bitters digestion
Prescription # 2 Betaine hydrochloride
Take 1 to 3 capsules with each meal. Reduce the dose if
you feel a warming or burning sensation. This supplement
improves stomach acidity and digestion, especially of
proteins. It also prevents the overgrowth of bacteria
in the digestive tract that may influence rosacea.
Prescription #3 B-complex
vitamins - LifeSource
Take a 50 mg B-complex twice daily. It supplies B vitamins
that improve rosacea.
Prescription #4 Vitamin
B12 - LifeSource
Take 1,000 mcg ( 1 mg) sublingually daily. This B vitamin
works to reduce flare-ups of rosacea.
Prescription #5 Burdock root (Articum lappa)
Take 300 mg or 3 ml three times daily. Burdock has historically
been prescribed for rosacea and other chronic skin disorders.
It appears to improve detoxification, as well as hormone
Prescription #6 Natural
progesterone cream - LifeSource
This hormone has anti-inflammatory benefits and improves
skin conditions if it is deficient and then supplemented
Prescription #7 Probiotics
/ Dophilus Plus - LifeSource
Take a product containing at least 4 billion active organisms
twice daily, thirty minutes after meals. It supplies friendly
bacteria, such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidus
that improve skin health.
Look at LifeSource’s skin care line; we have products
that will help.
across the nose, the cheeks, the forehead, or the chin
exposure to rosacea triggers (alcohol, wind, sun, etc.)
Low levels of stomach acid
A diet that’s high in fat and low in fiber
Nutritional deficiencies (especially of B vitamins)
Dysbiosis (imbalance of the gut bacteria)
Reaction to synthetic hormones
Eat lots of raw foods. In their natural state, vegetables, fruits,
nuts, sprouts, and seeds all possess enzymes that help you convert
food into the nutrients that are needed for skin and circulatory
health. Green leafy vegetables are especially good for rosacea
patients, as they’re an excellent source of trace minerals.
glasses of fresh vegetable juices a day. If you have rosacea,
it’s likely that your digestive system isn’t processing
food thoroughly, and juices are a potent way to deliver nutrients
directly to your bloodstream.
your diet includes plenty of fiber. If you’re eating a
couple of servings of raw foods at every meal, you’re
probably getting almost as much fiber as you need to keep toxins
moving through your digestive tract, instead of erupting from
your skin. Add whole grains and beans to round out your meals.
fatty acids reduce inflammation. Have cold-water fish from a
clean source several times a week, and eat flaxseeds (1 to 2
tablespoons, with 10 ounces of water) each day.
of B vitamins has been found in many people who have rosacea.
Brown rice, oats, wheat germ, nutritional brewer’s yeast,
and whole-grain bread and crackers are all good sources. If
you tend to be anxious, B vitamins will also help you feel calmer.
generally inadvisable to take antibiotics for most cosmetic
disorders (save them for the more severe infections), but if
you feel you must take them, be sure to eat some live unsweetened
yogurt or another cultured product every day. Cultured foods
replace the “friendly” intestinal bacteria that
antibiotics strip away.
Foods to Avoid
Avoid food items that make you flush. Spice food, caffeine,
and alcohol are tripwires for most rosacea sufferers. Sugar
and iodized salt may also dilate your blood vessels. Learn which
foods bother your skin, and eliminate them from your diet.
of food and drinks that are hot in temperature. Allow hot beverages
and soups to cool before you eat them.
fat has an inflammatory effect on many body systems, including
the skin. If you stay away from red meat and fried, greasy foods,
you’ll also improve your digestion.
one- to three-day juice fast to clean toxins and irritants from
your body and to put your digestive system in optimum working
order. You should drink a variety of liquids during your fast,
but green drinks and cleansing herbal preparations are especially
supportive of detoxification.
thistle (Silybum marianum) improves liver function and detoxification
for optimal skin health. Take 250 mg three times daily of
a 80 to 85 percent silymarin extract.
Digestive enzymes help you to digest food more efficiently.
Take 1 to 2 capsules of a full-spectrum enzyme product with
each meal. Lipase enzymes that digest fat appear to be particularly
important for people with this condition.
Black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) improves hormone balance
for premenopausal and menopausal women affected by rosacea.
Take 80 mg of a 2.5 percent triterpene glycoside extract daily.
Green tea (Camellia sinensis) contains a rich source of antioxidants
and substances that assist detoxification. Drink the organic
tea regularly (2 cups or more daily) or take 500 to 1,500
mg of the capsule form.
Essential fatty acids reduce inflammation of the skin. Take
1 to 2 tablespoons of flaxseed oil of 5 grams of fish oil
daily, or a formulation that contains a mixture of omega-3,
6, and 9 fatty acids.
Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) extract improves liver function,
which is important for healthy skin. Take 800 mg twice daily.
A super green food supplement supplies phytonutrients that
improve skin health. Take an organic super green food such
as chlorella, spirulina, alfalfa, or a mixture of super green
foods each day. Take as directed on the container.
Aloe vera gel is soothing and anti-inflammatory. Apply it
directly to the affected area. Test it out on a small patch
of your skin first, as you may be highly sensitive to many
preparations, even gentle herbal ones.