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SO, WHAT IS ROSACEA?

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That’s exactly what I asked the dermatologist when I was diagnosed with it.  Before then, I had never heard of it!  After being diagnosed, however, I learned a great deal about it.

Rosacea is a chronic skin disorder that affects all parts of the facial skin, causing it to have a red, flushed tone, small pimples, and tiny visible blood vessels.  Additionally, it gives the skin a ruddy appearance, especially around the nose and cheek area. To date, there are 20 million people who suffer from it, and that includes children too.  Not only does it cause people to feel embarrassed, but it causes anxiety and depression.  Don’t lose heart!  A simple surgery could cure your rosacea.

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DO ANTIBIOTICS CLEAR UP ROSACEA?

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Antibiotics are given to many people who suffer from rosacea because they clear up the skin very well.  No topical cream or oral medicine cleared up my skin like the antibiotics did. I didn’t break out once while I was on them and when I went off them, I actually thought I was healed.  But, after one week of clear skin, my rosacea came back even worse than before.  This baffled me, but it also provided me some insight into Rosacea. I concluded that rosacea must be a bacterial issue; otherwise antibiotics wouldn’t clear up the acne on those who use it.  I believe there is a bacterial problem going on within the body causing the pimples on the face.  Toxins and waste occur naturally in the blood stream, but it seemed as though there was something hindering some of them from completing their journey though the blood.

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COULD ROSACEA BE CAUSED BY FOOD ALLERGIES?

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Maybe this whole rosacea thing could be the result of food allergies.  I‘ve heard some doctors believe this, so I thought it was a reasonable explanation.  I was getting impatient and wanted these pimples to disappear from my face forever.  I discussed this allergy theory with some of my friends and they also thought it made sense.  The only thing that troubled me, was that I had never heard of food allergies, developing as fast as my rosacea trigger foods did.  My friend suggested that I go on an elimination diet, so this is what I did. I eliminated common allergens such as: wheat, sugar, corn, eggs, tomatoes, and dairy.  Then, I added each of the suspected allergens, in its purest form back into my diet.   I did not combine it with any other food. After my testing was done, I had broken out to some degree, from every food.  But, my major break outs were from tomatoes, citrus fruits, vinegar and spice.

I decided to take this allergy testing a little further, so I made an appointment with an allergist.  I wanted to see if a doctor’s results were the same as mine since he would be using a different type of procedure.  Sadly, the results proved I didn’t have any allergies except to papaya.  I was able to determine after this test, that allergies weren’t causing my rosacea.

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WHY DOES ROSACEA CAUSE MY FACE TO BREAKOUT FROM SPICY AND ACIDIC FOODS?

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Spicy and acidic foods are common triggers in those who have rosacea. I had to give up eating grape fruit, oranges, pineapples, tomatoes, and oil and vinegar dressing or suffer the embarrassing consequences of pimples all over my face. This was tough to do because it didn’t leave me with too many food choices. I love the sweet taste of the citrus fruits and tomato sauce on my pasta. I was very sad but I had no other choice.

THINK ABOUT THIS: All of these foods have an acidic base. Everything we eat, drink and breathe filters through the liver. When these types of foods are consumed, the acid in them causes a person’s liver to eliminate toxins quickly, thereby causing pimples to appear on the face to those who have rosacea.

I went on a cleansing program under the supervision of my naturopath doctor. His program included freshly made citrus drinks that consisted of lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruits. The citrus fruits were purposely used because of their acidic base and the acid helped to break down toxic build up and dissolve fat that had developed in the body, including the liver. If acidic based foods cause the liver to flush toxins, then something in the body is hindering the flow of toxins, causing pimples.

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WHY DO ONLY PEOPLE WITH ROSACEA BREAKOUT FROM SPICY AND ACIDIC FOODS?

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Good question. It was painful watching everyone without rosacea eating all the foods they wanted and they never broke out, yet I could never eat whatever I wanted without consequences. Sometimes I felt sorry for myself because the breakouts never stopped. I couldn’t eat a simple orange without feeling pimples on my face within a half hour. The pimples around my nose and cheeks were bright red with a beautiful red rash surrounding them. How lovely to have such a colorful skin condition!!! Here is what happened with my rosacea: I believe small blockages had developed somewhere on the face over the years. Toxins try to escape through the pores on the face, but those small blockages inhibited the natural flow of bacteria and caused pimples to develop. That’s why rosacea stops at the face.

Please understand this factor too: Everything we eat, drink and breathe filters through the liver. The liver can get fatty or congested due to the saturated fats we eat, the chemicals in our drinks and the toxins we inhale. A fatty liver cannot detoxify effectively which in itself can cause pimples and rashes to appear on the body.

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DOES DRINKING ALCOHOL MAKE ROSACEA WORSE?

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Alcohol is another one of those mysterious breakouts.  In fact, I find everything about rosacea to be a bit strange.  The whole face gets warm and flushed right after a glass of wine and this reaction can take seconds to occur. Again, alcohol has an acidic base just like tomatoes, grapefruit, and hot spice, and it has a detoxifying affect on the liver. The results? Toxins are normally eliminated through one of the channels in our body which are the pores on our face.  So when alcohol is consumed, small blockages that had developed in the facial area, inhibited the natural flow of bacteria from being eliminated, causing the face to flush and develop pimples.

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CAN ROSACEA BE CURED THROUGH EATING HEALTHIER FOODS?

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This made a lot of sense and it was certainly worth trying.  I hoped it was the answer.

I was enjoying my new bread maker and eating a lot of white flour.  Some of those delicious and fatty foods that were a part of my diet included Calzones, loaded with lots of cheese and tomato sauce, French bread, and pizza.  I exercised everyday and ate some fresh fruit, so my diet had to be healthy.  I told this to my doctor and he decided to change my “okay” diet to a “healthy” diet.  So, I eliminated the white flour and incorporated whole grains.  I ate lots of fresh fruit and vegetables and bought a juice machine.  I made fresh fruit and vegetable juice for me and my family almost every day.  I also eliminated dairy and drank rice milk.

I continued to live this way for 6 months, yet my skin still broke out.  I still had rosacea.  So, improving my diet was not the root cause of my skin condition.

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IS ROSACEA A VASCULAR CONDITION?

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Many doctors believe rosacea is caused by the blood vessels in our body because of the flushing, redness and broken blood vessels developed from this skin condition.  Assuming rosacea is a vascular condition, something happens to the facial area when certain elements are released into the blood stream.  Some contributors that cause the blood vessels to dilate are cold weather, antihistamines and decongestants, stimulants that treat ADT, caffeinated beverages, sodium, licorice and ginger.  The blood vessels also contain bacteria and waste.  Rosacea, for the most part, develops in people when they’re in their thirties.  To me, this says that something had been going on in the body with the blood vessels for years, to cause these horrible symptoms to appear later on.

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HOW DOES STRESS PLAY INTO ROSACEA?

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A friend of mine is a herbologist and she refers to the liver as the “seat of our emotions.”   Whenever we are stressed or upset about something, it can affect our liver.  In fact, the whole body reacts to stress in some way.

The liver is one of the filtering organs in our body and it is the largest organ inside the body, weighing about 3 pounds.  It detoxifies everything we eat, drink, and breathe.  When the heart becomes stressed, it causes high blood pressure.  But, when the liver becomes stressed, it can react by releasing a gush of toxins into the blood stream causing pimples on the face.   I discuss this issue in detail in my book.

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HOW CAN I HANDLE ROSACEA DURING THE SUMMER?

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Summer is the hardest time for most people with rosacea.  This explosive pimply rash-like reaction to the sun is so unattractive and depressing.   The combination of the heat from the sun, moisture from the humidity, and the bacteria oozing from my pores, was perfect breeding ground for more bacteria--and more pimples.  The topical cream I was using was not strong enough to control the pimples caused by the heat, and I refused to live on antibiotics.   But, there was an herb I used called Pau D Arco, by Natures Way.  It literally minimized my breakouts.  Sound like a miracle herb?  It was a life saver!!   Pau D Arco is an immune builder and it also purifies the blood stream.  By purifying the blood stream, it had a similar affect as the antibiotics did even though it wasn’t as strong, and it didn’t kill the good bacteria.  It allowed me to finally enjoy the hot summer and alleviated much of the anxiety that came from this skin condition.  Lastly, and you’ll have to sit down for this one….. This miraculous herb allowed me to eat a lot of my flare up foods, in moderation, without intense breakouts.

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WHY DO HOT BEVERAGES AND CAFFEINE MAKE MY ROSACEA RED AND PIMPLY?

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Again, everything we eat, drink, and breathe filters through the liver.  The heat from a hot beverage can have a stimulating effect on the liver, causing it to release a surge of toxins and thus increasing the intensity of the breakouts on the face.   Caffeinated coffee can also have a stimulating effect on the liver, causing the same reaction.  If caffeine can cause the heart to pump faster and cause the intestines to move our food, it certainly can stimulate the liver.

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COULD THE SINUSES BE LINKED TO ROSACEA BREAKOUTS?

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This is the million dollar question.  Yes, I believe the sinuses are responsible for most of the rosacea breakouts.  I explored every possible medical reason for this horrible skin disorder and this could be a medical breakthrough.

All of rosacea breakouts stop at the face and don’t go away very quickly--they linger.  There is a reason for this. I remember saying to myself, shortly after I got rosacea, “what could break down in a person’s body almost overnight to cause such severe skin reactions?”  I concluded that something had already stated to block up and continued to get worse before my rosacea manifested.

Think about this:  Pimples appear all over the cheeks.  Under the cheeks are the maxillary sinuses.

Pimples appear all over the forehead.  On both sides of the forehead are the frontal sinuses.

The eyes get red and inflamed, in the corners too.  In-between the eyes are ethmoid sinuses and behind the eyes are the sphenoid sinuses.

So, you think there’s a correlation between the sinuses and rosacea?  You bet there is!

There is an illustration of this on my website and I elaborate more on this in my book.

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