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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.

  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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) ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...

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Additional Resources

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