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Rosacea Related Blog Posts

The following posts are advice and discussions about everyday life issues associated with rosacea such as food triggers, stress and work.

  • Vitamin B6: Important for Healthy Skin October 2, 2009
    Vitamin B6 is one of the many B vitamins and one of the best studied B vitamins. Vitamin B6 was discovered in the 1930ies and is a water-soluble vitamin that exists in many different forms, including pyridoxal, pyridoxine, pyridoxine phosphate, pyridoxamine, pyridoxal phosphate, and pyridoxamine phosphate. The active form of vitamin B6 is pyridoxal phosphate. Vitamin ...
  • IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) Therapy for Rosacea October 19, 2008
    Enlarged dilated blood vessels (telangiectasias) are a hallmark of progressive rosacea and cannot be eliminated by topical rosacea treatments. Telangiectasias are found primarily on the cheeks and nose and flush easily with the slightest amount of stress or sun exposure. These telangiectasias are often the reason that with rosacea, there always will be some form of ...
  • Rosacea Induced by Erectile Dysfunction Drugs? March 30, 2009
    Rosacea is associated with many different trigger factors. Recently, another potential trigger factor for rosacea was described. It appeared that men who had been taking drugs for erectile dysfunction, were developing rosacea symptoms. The erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs these men were taking belong to a class of drugs called Phosphodiesterase 5 Inhibitors (PDE5i). Phosphodiesterase 5 inhibitors ...
  • Rosacea and Gluten April 9, 2009
    I couldn’t find any scientific publication on the topic of gluten sensitivity and rosacea, but if you do a search online, then you’ll find plenty of information on the topic (mostly in forums and message boards). As it turns out, many people with rosacea wonder if their rosacea symptoms are caused by a gluten sensitivity. Some ...
  • How to deal with rosacea food triggers? November 10, 2008
    Rosacea can have many triggers, including heat, cold, stress, anxiety, embarrassment, certain beverages and of course certain food. While stress, anxiety and temperature can have an almost immediate effect on our facial flushing, it is a little harder to figure out what food ingredients trigger rosacea, in particular when you have been just diagnosed with ...
  • Do Antibiotics Help Rosacea Redness? February 16, 2018
    Antibiotics are often prescribed to treat rosacea. You may be wondering how antibiotics help rosacea and why doctors prescribe them so much? Antibiotics are useful during the late or more severe stages of rosacea. A number of antibiotics are available that can help rosacea symptoms (more information below). Oral antibiotics including tetracycline, doxycycline and minocycline can help ...
  • Rosacea and the workplace November 18, 2008
    Anyone who has rosacea always dreads the first bathroom break at work, because it is in the workplace bathroom where you realize for the first time on any particular day, that your face looks really red. When you’re at home and look in the bathroom mirror, things are usually not so bad. Not so at work ...
  • Stress and Depression Influence the Outcome of Rosacea May 18, 2009
    When stress takes over our lives, it can be damaging to our health. Stress not only weakens our immune system, but it also affects our skin’s barrier function. The skin’s barrier function is important for regulating the balance of water and temperature of our skin as well as blocking the entry of microorganisms. Chronic stress activates ...
  • What is worse for rosacea, beer or wine? December 13, 2010
    While the consumption of alcohol is generally not recommended if you have rosacea, in light of the holidays I wanted to write about the question “what’s worse for rosacea, beer or wine?” As I wrote in the post about the histamine content of foods, beer has a higher histamine content than wine, but the question remains ...
  • Avene Rosacea Product on Today Show October 4, 2012
    This morning, the Today Show presented Allure Magazine’s Best of Beauty awards. One of the products featured on the show was a skin care product that could treat the redness associated with rosacea. While the ingredients seemed interesting with promising science behind it, the number of ingredients seems small for such a complex condition as ...
  • The Rosacea-Sunscreen Dilemma October 25, 2008
    You may recognize this scenario: it’s the weekend, the weather is great and you made plans for a day at the beach. A full day of sun and of course, you are taking all the necessary precautions to protect yourself from the sun. You apply the SPF 30 or higher sunscreen all over your body and ...
  • Is Intestinal Alkaline Phosphatase a Link between Rosacea and Gastrointestinal Disease? October 8, 2009
    As I have written previously in a post about rosacea and digestive problems, many people believe that rosacea co-exists with gastrointestinal disorders. A recent paper by J. Whitehead (2009) discusses the hypothesis that rosacea and gastrointestinal symptoms can be linked through an enzyme found in the intestines, called intestinal alkaline phosphatase. Intestinal alkaline phosphatase (IAP) is ...

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Additional Resources

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