Back to basics of rosacea skin care

Posted in Rosacea at 1:52 pm

New is not always better and nor is it always more healthy. Over the years the new and innovative approaches to rosacea treatment have often caused an exacerbation of the symptoms. The old classics of rosacea care often included oral antibiotics - these would for some work for awhile to address the issue of pimples and papules but after 4 to 6 months the bacteria builds a resistance to the antibiotic and it would then become ineffective at which time you would receive a prescription for a different antibiotic. Antibiotics have been so over used and abused that they are no longer effective and bacteria are evolving faster than science can create new antibiotics leading to problems of potentially epidemic proportions.

The down sides of this line of treatment were many. The very serious concerns of antibiotic resistance and the need for ever increasing forms of antibiotics as bacteria become resistant. The side effects of treatment that include skin rashes, skin redness, and sun-sensitivity – some of the very symptoms you were trying to treat in the first place!

Another outdated classic in the treatment of rosacea is treating the problem as a yeast infection with the Metronidazoles. At some point in history someone got the brilliant idea to smear vaginal yeast cream on their face and for some people, although read the product label – no one can tell you why – for some people it helps, for others it’s yet another cause of their symptoms as its side effects include skin rash and itching. Another important note - Metronidazole is listed as a human carcinogenic.

Use of laser therapy to treat spider veins. Zapping the veins to seal them and theoretically “heal” the appearance of spider veins is a stop-gap short term fix. The purpose of our blood vessels is to deliver oxygen and nutrients to our body and when we zap, seal or remove them from upper layers of the skin we are in effect stopping the life giving supply of oxygen and nutrients to the skin – basically we are killing off that portion of the skin. Luckily our body has a survival mode that kicks in to repair wounded or damaged organs. And the body will re-grow the blood vessels. The theory behind laser therapy is a good one – heal the vessels – it’s the method that is faulty.



Posted in Rosacea at 12:38 pm

In our society today we have a tendency to want everything bigger, larger and more of it. This has led to an economy that’s imploding upon itself. The same thing is happening when it comes to the treatment of our skin. If a little is good, then we deduce that a lot must be better. This theory has brought us to a point where we have upset the balance of our skin. The skin condition deteriorates and we take an even more aggressive approach to the treatment of the condition. We create a condition in which the skin can no longer sustain itself in the environment we have created for it and it collapses in much the same way the economy has.

The need exists to create an environment that sustains the skin and allows it to thrive. Ask yourself, what are the basic requirements for survival? Water, air and nourishment. These are the basic elements are skin also requires.

If our skin is depleted of water, it reacts in a number of ways:

1. The skin may produce more oil to attempt to replace the protective barrier that keeps out bacteria and germs. When our skin is oily we often abuse it by trying to strip off the oil with harsh astringents and toners. We create a never-ending cycle that keeps getting worse. Again bigger, larger and more causes that implosion of the skin’s balance.

2. When the skin is dehydrated it appears drier, wrinkles become more pronounced. Again we over do it and think if we can just peel or exfoliate this layer of skin off we will have some new skin we haven’t damaged yet. But a lack of hydration will affect even the lower layers of the skin.

The solution is simple – re-hydrate the skin. The world needs water to survive and so do we. Our skin as the body’s largest organ is the first to show the signs of stress from a lack of water.

If our skin lacks the nourishment it requires it reacts in many subtle ways. You can’t feel hunger pangs in your skin but the signs are there – pimples, acne, redness, itching are all indicators that your skin is lacking a basic nutrient. The balance is upset and the skin is trying to find a way to correct the problem. We need to listen to our skin and create a proper pH balance instead of over-reacting and over-medicating which only makes it worse.


Rosacea, Pearls, Bones and Teeth

Posted in Rosacea at 11:41 am

And YES, rosacea can be “treated, controlled and reduced” as you will learn of better alternatives than living with rosacea. And you never thought there was a relationship between rosacea, teeth & bones. And can there be any imaginable relationship that pearls have with vinegar, teeth & rosacea? Think through the following wager that Queen Cleopatra’s had below with Roman Mark Anthony that stole his heart and was probably the most expensive meal in the history of the world. There within you will see how pearls can be dissolved and imagine that bones likewise can have their mineral content reduced thereby placing the body in a weaken state of metabolic acidosis.

Around 41 B.C. Mark Antony, of Rome, requested that Queen Cleopatra VII to come to Tarsus, Turkey for an inquiry of the conspiracy of her knowledge and assistance to Cassius and Brutus in their assassination of Julius Caesar. Also Mark Anthony wanted Cleopatra for an ally for future military campaigns and maybe he thought he could care deeply for Cleopatra. Upon Cleopatra’s arrival, she set up large feast with many guest at her expense to smooch with Mark Anthony to embrace her political ambitions. Cleopatra went further with a wager with Mark Anthony that she could host in his country the most expensive meal in the history of the world. Mark Anthony accepted but at the end of the meal, he exclaimed that it had been very nice meal, but no more fancy than others and cost no more at which time Cleopatra took off one large pearl ear ring and dropped in into a globlet of wine vinegar. The estimated value of the one huge pearl was worth today a huge fortune.

The point is that a high price was paid to win Mark Anthony over. And likewise we pay a high price to have our teeth and bones dissolved over time due to acidic foods and drinks that would be somewhat equivalent to vinegar which is most acidic.

Pearls are composed of minerals much like the teeth and bones. Vinegar is an acetic acid which will dissolve pearls which are mostly calcium carbonate.

Bones and teeth (which are just specialized bones), are composed of 70% hydroxyapatite, a mineral which includes calcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, calcium fluoride, calcium hydroxide and citrate, while the remaining 30% are organic compounds of which 90 to 95% is collagen, the rest being non-collagenous proteins.

Blood cells are produced by the marrow located within our bones. An average of 2.6 million red blood cells are produced each second by the bone marrow to replace the weathered red blood cells. Our bones serve as a storage area for minerals such as calcium and phosphorus. When an excess of minerals are present in the blood, buildup will occur within the bones. And the opposite also occurs, when the supply of these minerals within the blood is low, it will be withdrawn from the bones to replenish the needs of the body organs inclusive of the brain and the skin. Thus the visible organs of the body which are the eyes and skin and the invisible organs of the body including the brain will make a withdrawal from the body’s bone account just as you would your own financial bank account. And now you will understand that our bones are an organ not only to support us but to protect the vital internal organs and also to be a storage area for building up and withdrawals of vital nutrients & minerals as well as the production of red blood cells. You can enjoy more life and you will have plenty of life to enjoy in further years with less or no rosacea if you can imagine this. Yes, there can be more happiness after you have taken the correct steps at reducing your facial problems through the best rosacea treatment.


How to combat rosacea

Posted in Rosacea at 3:14 pm

THE FIRST PLACE TO START is learning of your body pH or waste pH which is the pH of your urine. It is easy to do and only takes about 3 seconds per day once you have the pH strip in hand. Usually at night is the best time, but in mid morning and any time in the evening is even more ideal. Learning the pH teaches you the acidity or toxicity of your urine and is the culmination of foods, drinks, medications consumed combined with the body’s own stress hormones of adrenaline. Overall the reading informs you that you need to lower the pH with more water, fresh or frozen vegetables preferably over canned vegetables and reducing breads, cheese, etc. Let us first learn about how to measure pH and what it means.

The letters pH stand for potential of hydrogen, since pH is effectively a measure of the concentration of hydrogen ions  in a substance. Acidity is measured as a pH of 1 to 7 while alkalinity is 7 to 14. The value of 7 represents neutrality and lower numbers indicate increasing acidity and higher numbers increasing alkalinity and on which each unit of change represents a tenfold change in acidity or alkalinity and that is the negative logarithm of the effective hydrogen-ion concentration or hydrogen-ion activity in gram equivalents per liter of the solution. This scale is logarithmic; meaning that each number is ten times stronger than the preceding number. For example, a pH of 2 is ten times more acidic than a pH of 3 and one hundred times more acidic than a pH of 4. Or each number is ten times stronger than the preceding number. For example, a pH of 2 is ten times more acidic than a pH of 3 and one hundred times more acidic than a pH of 4. The pH of lemon juice is 2.4; that of household ammonia is 11.5.

As human blood is always fluctuating depending on what we eat and drink short term and long term, the blood pH fluctuates all during the day and varies between 7.35 and 7.42. It is only one of 100,000 humans that could get into a low blood pH, whereas the other 999,000 would be a low blood pH. However, be assured that 100% or 100,000 of rosacea patients have a very low blood pH. The blood pH can be increased to a daily normal level so that the blood and other organs including the skin does not have to make a withdrawal from the bones which happens each night thus the rosacea patient awakens and looks their best early in the mornings. So simply keeping the blood pH is most important in that hydrogen cells are most important in that hydrogen is the bonding agent matrix for each cell of the body system of skin, eyes, brain, bones and internal organs.

Since water is the most common molecule in the human body, it should be no surprise that water is the most abundant solvent. In the body, And as water contains two hydrogen cells and one oxygen cell (H20) that water is an effective solvent for breaking down acids (toxins) in all human body cells and maintaining a higher pH for all cells of the body which also prevents cancer cells as all human body cells are healthier with more hydrogen and more oxygen. Alkalize For Health - Oxygen - Cancer  Alternatives ,Water is the most common molecule in the human body (~98-99%). Both hydrogen atoms are attached to the single oxygen atom by polar bonds. The oxygen has a slightly negative charge and the hydrogen atoms each have a slightly positive charge. This allows for hydrogen bonding to all other elements in the human body thus is the one element in the human body that hold us together by the bonding with other atoms to hold each individual cell together which allows for longer healthy cell life and preventing cell death  or cell apoptosis: Apoptosis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia or programmed cell death or early cell death due to DNA breakdown resulting from a lack of bonding due to a shortage of hydrogen. Drink water (H20  - containing 2 hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom)  with out filters to keep the minerals and to maintain a high pH to raise the blood pH and thus to keep from borrowing from your bone bank account.


Jojoba Oil and Rosacea Treatment

Posted in Rosacea at 3:49 pm

Prior to beginning any new rosacea treatment, one needs to prepare the rosacea sensitive skin, and allow the skin to heal from the effects of previous aggressive rosacea treatments, which may have left the skin damaged or overly sensitive. Many rosacea treatments leave the rosacea sufferer’s skin so sensitive that “even water hurts their rosacea affected skin”.

The importance of jojoba oil in the treatment of rosacea comes from its similarity to the natural restorative oil produced by the sebaceous glands in the dermal layers of the skin. Jojoba oil is non-allergenic and will not clog the pores.

When choosing a rosacea treatment regimen, jojoba oil is a natural and beneficial companion to successful control of a difficult skin condition.


The Enigma of Rosacea

Posted in Rosacea at 4:29 pm

The wide range of rosacea treatments have often resulted in little improvement and may even cause a worsening of rosacea symptoms. Many dermatologists are baffled by rosacea and the treatment of rosacea. Others call rosacea an enigma, while some say rosacea is one of the least understood skin disorders.

Antibiotics, steroids and lasers have been a mainstay of treatment for many years. Many prescribed rosacea treatments such as steroids, retinoids, and Accutane™ do not work and, in fact, some of these treatments may cause additional damage to the skin. Oral and topical antibiotic treatments for acne rosacea can work for up to several months before the bacteria become immune to the antibiotic, causing the antibiotic to lose its effectiveness.

It is important to treat rosacea in as many ways as possible: those who modify their lifestyles, eating habits and reduce their level of stress often experience a much greater degree of rosacea clearing. While you try to treat the symptoms of rosacea that are most visible and distressing, you should also try to treat the rosacea cause! If we find and treat the cause of rosacea, then maybe all the symptoms of rosacea need not occur!


Mineral Makeups for Rosacea

Posted in Rosacea at 4:24 pm

Mineral makeups, although slightly more expensive, offer an excellent alternative to rosacea sufferers. Mineral makeup is as pure as it gets — void of talc, chemical additives, fragrance, fillers, preservatives and dyes, it’s an excellent choice for rosacea skin care. Growing from a need for cosmetics gentle enough to use on skin after chemical peels or resurfacing treatments, mineral makeup is made from finely crushed, high pigment minerals. It has virtually no allergy risk and will not clog pores or irritate sensitivities. And because minerals such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are used as the base, these cosmetics are loaded with natural UV protection. “The beauty of mineral makeup is that it can be used by all ages and all skin types,” explains Kathy Krakora. The light-reflective properties of the mineral powders actually draw attention away from fine lines. Zinc oxide, one of the base minerals, is anti-inflammatory, which means it calms the skin down. So it’s perfect for people with blemishes, rosacea, oily skin, dry skin or for immediate post-treatment use.” And because it is talc-free, mineral makeup actually holds in moisture, keeping skin hydrated and averting wrinkles. A little goes a long way. All makeup is not created equally and because mineral makeup is in such a pure form, there’s no need to use as much of it as regular makeup. “Three words,” Krakora says, “Less is more.”


Rosacea and Diet

Posted in Rosacea at 4:23 pm

Rosacea results from an overly acidic body and skin, which can be caused by a number of factors including physical activity, stress, environment, and perhaps most importantly, diet. Some types of food and drinks, such as meat, cheese, alcohol, and stimulants like coffee and cigarettes, form acids when processed by the body. Other foods, primarily fruits and vegetables, are alkaline-forming, which helps to neutralize acids. By following a healthy diet rich in alkaline-forming foods, you can balance your body and reduce your rosacea symptoms while improving your overall health.

The rosacea diet page at the Rosacea-Ltd web site will help you select alkaline-forming foods. You don’t have to avoid acid-forming foods entirely; just be sure to balance the acids with alkaline.  And be sure to drink plenty of water!  Water is pH neutral, and is essential for the body to function.  Though your sense of thirst decreases with age, remember to drink at least eight glasses of water every day for your health.


Steroids and Rosacea

Posted in Rosacea at 1:22 pm

Sometimes the wrong medical help is worse than no help in the treatment of
eczema, psoriasis, etc. as the “cure” is worse than the disease; or in essence
the supposed ‘cure’ only aggravates the existing conditions of eczema and
psoriasis but compounds them with the addition of a red irritated facial
condition of rosacea.

In treating eczema or psoriasis of the facial skin by use of a steroid, the
dermatologist needs to limit the use to a maximum of seven days or the least
amount to treat the problem. Prolonged use thins the skin, and results in a skin
that is trying to be of a normal texture and function, however, the steroids
are removing the skin with a soft sedative effect that seems to be
‘intoxicatingly smooth’ as the term “atrophy” denotes. Atrophy is the
breakdown, wasting, and dying of the skin area due to poor circulation, and
poor cell nourishment. The treatment of eczema, psoriasis or rosacea by
steroids should be avoided.

Any skin condition can be changed by ‘fixing the cause’ or ‘etiology.’ However, when a rosacea patient is treated by steroids, the result is an aggravated rosacea condition with many return trips for rosacea treatment and a gradual slow down or tapering of the steroids to solve the more severe rosacea skin symptoms. One of the rosacea symptoms to be treated after the misuse of steroids is an increase in telangiectases. While the steroid treatment for rosacea is ’soothing’ the result is steroid rosacea as the skin begins malfunctioning and can not repair itself due to atrophy with the result that the steroid must be stopped. By now, the skin has become disfigured and most uncomfortable due to steroid rosacea. The abatement of treatment for steroid induced rosacea as a skin dependence is most severe and is called “steroid withdrawal”.


History of Rosacea

Posted in Rosacea at 4:16 pm

The French surgeon, Dr. Guy de Chauliac, in the 14th century, was the first person known to describe rosacea medically as a skin condition. Dr. de Chauliac talked about “red lesions in the face, particularly on the nose and cheeks.” He called the condition “goutterose” (French for “pink droplet”) or “couperose” (now a common French term for rosacea). Others referred to rosacea as “gutta rosa” (the Latin version of “goutterose”) or “pustule de vin” (French for “pimples of wine”).

References to rosacea were also known in early literature. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and Shakespeare’s Henry V include descriptions of men with red faces and enlarged noses. Artists through the centuries also have depicted rosacea in paintings of red faces and bulbous red noses. A painting in the Louvre, “The Old Man and His Grandson” by Ghirlandiao around the year 1480, is a well-known example.

Referenced from: de Bersaques, J: Historical Notes on Rosacea. European Journal of Dermatology. 1995;5:16-22.