When Your Skin Makes You See Red

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When Your Skin Makes You See Red

All around the country, people are looking in the mirror and thinking, "I'm over 30 -- why am I still dealing with acne?"

Many aren't. They're suffering from rosacea, a chronic inflammatory skin condition similar to acne that affects both women and men after the age of 30. Symptoms include red and flushed cheeks, nose, chin and forehead. Acne-like bumps filled with pus can appear, as well as traces of tiny blood vessels on the cheeks.

Rosacea occurs three times more often in women than in men Rhinophyma is a a severe form found more commonly in men, in which the nose becomes red and swells significantly.

Many of those with rosacea try to control the condition with pharmaceutical gels. Between 19 and 27 per cent of patients are told to use the medication on an ongoing or permanent basis! What they may not realize is that they have safer, more natural options that will improve not just their skin, but their overall health.

The cause of rosacea isn't known, but it is aggravated by oily skin, alcohol, coffee, salt, spicy foods, heat and direct sunlight. Like many skin problems, it is related to poor digestion and sluggish elimination of toxins.

The Way to a Healthy Glow

Many rosacea sufferers show low hydrochloric acid secretion. Apple cider vinegar with meals will provide the stomach with acid. Papaya or pineapple juice contains an enzyme which aids protein digestion. Juice lasting and bowel cleansing with aloe vera juice will help organs function better, increasing digestion and toxin removal. Taking a B-complex vitamin has also shown to be helpful, since those with rosacea often lack this nutrient.

Parasitic mites can contribute to the inflammation seen with rosacea, says Zoltan Rona, MD. The hair follicles and the sebaceous ducts of almost almost all rosacea patients are infected with the mite known as Demodex. Rona suggests wild mountain oregano, applied topically and taken sublingually, to kill the mites and reduce inflammation. For topical treatment, apply the oil directly to the infected sites. If the sting is too harsh, mix the oil of oregano with a little olive oil. Internally, take five to six drops under the tongue at least twice daily.

Other herbal remedies that may be useful include calendula taken orally or topically, local compresses of horsetail and witch hazel to disperse the blood, and tea tree off as an antiseptic.

Homeopathy may provide some relief for rosacea not related to stress. Arsenicum can be used for a dry and burning face with flaky and scaly skin, when applying cold aggravates and restlessness and chilliness are felt Belladonna is used in the early stages when the face is red, dry and hot. Take sulphur for a red, dry face with pimples and pus-filled spots, and Rhus tox for a puffy, swollen face that has red, painful or itchy spots, aggravated by cold or wet weather.

Including clay masks and cold compresses into your beauty routine can be helpful. Lastly, end your morning and evening cleansing by massaging the affected areas with your fingertips in a circular motion.

References:
1. alive Research Group. The Encyclopedia of Natural Healing, alive Books:1998.

2. Rona, Zoltan, MD. Reader Reply, July 9, 1999.

3. Shear, Neil and Carol Levine. Needs Survey of Canadian Rosacea Patients, Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery, 3:4, 1999.

Canadian Health Reform Products Ltd.

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By Sascha Finch

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