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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.

  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Food and Rosacea August 30, 2008 What we choose to eat can have a huge impact on our skin. Certain foods in particular can have a negative effect, increasing the degree of redness of the face, commonly associated with rosacea. Since rosacea is an inflammation of the facial skin, any food substance that can increase the inflammatory processes, will have a negative ...
  • 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 ...
  • Iron, Ferritin and Rosacea Skin June 21, 2010 As the exact cause of rosacea is still under investigation, researchers are looking at various factors that can play a role in the rosacea disease process. A recent publication(1) looked at the role of iron in rosacea pathology. It has been known that inflammation can be associated with the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) ...
  • Why Rhinophyma Affects more Men than Women? December 23, 2008 Rosacea affects about three times as many women than men. Rhinophyma, seen in late-stage rosacea, is characterized by a bulbous overgrowth of the nose, and occurs in approximately 4% of all rosacea sufferers. It affects about twelve times as many men than women and is usually seen in white males of English or Irish descent. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, Personality and Job Type December 3, 2008 If you’re a fan of Top Chef (Bravo TV), then you may have noticed that many chefs on the show have red faces. Not just this particular season, but I have seen it in many previous seasons. Of course, when you’re a chef, you’re working in a hot environment and usually under constant pressure. These ...
  • How Rosacea and Autism Can Be Linked March 11, 2009 As both rosacea and autism affect my family, I was wondering if a link between the two conditions existed. Chronic inflammation is one of the hallmarks of both rosacea and autism and research has suggested that processes triggered by our innate immunity are to blame for such inflammation. Innate immunity is how our body reacts to ...
  • 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 ...
  • Digestive Problems Associated with Rosacea? November 25, 2008 Problems with digestion can be linked to a number of conditions and are frequently caused by microorganisms. Psychological conditions such as depression and anxiety can have gastrointestinal symptoms. GI problems with depression and anxiety are often linked to over-stimulation of the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) axis. Digestive problems have been linked to rosacea as early as 1967. In ...

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Additional Resources

The National Rosacea Society