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.


Rosacea Treatment and Skin Care

Posted in Rosacea at 2:11 pm

Prior to beginning any new rosacea treatment, one needs to prepare the skin, and allow the skin to heal from the effects of previous treatments, which may have left the skin damaged or overly sensitive. We often hear people tell us that the rosacea treatments they had been using left their skin so sensitive that “even water hurts their skin” which can be very true. If one then uses a harsh acidic or invading rosacea treatment such as laser, skin rejuvenation or anti-wrinkle treatment, or retinoids, then obviously the rosacea sufferer is going further down the wrong rosacea treatment pathway.

So many times rosacea or the worsening of rosacea from a mild stage to a more severe stage is the result of treatments that we have used in the past or are currently using. Use of acne treatments containing ingredients such as salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide cause increased redness to the facial skin; often we overuse these products because we feel they are not working. For instance you have more pimples so you use more of the acne treatment. When you do this, the skin reacts by trying to form a barrier of more oil to protect itself from the harmful effects of the offending treatment. So you tend to use more to counteract this effect and in doing so the pores tighten and close resulting in clogged pores, pimples and papules.

On the Rosacea-Ltd application page, we recommend using the Cetaphil gentle cleansing bar for dry sensitive skin and jojoba oil. Deodorant soaps, and body soaps contain ingredients that cause skin irritation on the more sensitive facial skin and result in increased redness.

Many of the moisturizers today contain ‘special anti-wrinkle’ ingredients. These special ingredients are Citric acid, Alpha-Hydroxy acid or Beta-Hydroxy acids. The purpose of these ingredients is to exfoliate or peel off the upper layer of the skin thereby giving a smoother appearance. The chemical used must be harsh enough to burn off, kill or destroy the top layer of skin. This burning will cause more redness and increased skin sensitivity and irritation.


How Alkaline is your Water?

Posted in Rosacea at 4:01 pm

As people grow older they may feel a reduced sense of thirst, but the need for alkaline water is just as great (especially for rosacea sufferers, as the skin is the first casualty of long-term dehydration). The average person should drink at least ten glasses of water per day (more if you are a larger person, living in a dry environment, suffering from rosacea or other skin disease, or doing something taxing). Alkaline water helps to neutralize acids that are produced by the body as well as acids ingested as food or beverage. The higher the alkalinity (pH) of the water the better, and a pH of at least 7.2 is ideal.

Unfortunately, many bottled waters are acidic because it prolongs the shelf life of the product. The pH level of bottled waters can be found at the mineralwaters.org international listing. Additionally, the Rosacea-Ltd web site has some suggestions for increasing the pH of your drinking water.


Health in History: Presidents of the United States

Posted in Rosacea at 2:12 pm

While we all are familar with former U.S. President Bill Clinton having rosacea and probably receiving the best treatment that modern health science could provide with conventional medicine, the following article will make you think of how effective medicine has been during the last 31 presidents versus the first 31 presidents and likewise the first 5 presidents versus the last 5 presidents. So you might come to a conclusion about ‘medical treatment, foods and drinks’ available 200 years ago versus ‘medical treatment, foods and drinks’ available today and realize we may be going backwards?

Please see: Longevity of U.S. Presidents