Newsletter September 2014

ROSACEA

Rosacea or acne rosacea as it is sometimes known appears primarily as a blush or redness on the nose, cheeks and chin.  Small spots and cysts may develop and tiny blood vessels can become prominent and visible.  In severe cases skin can thicken, especially on the nose, forming bulbous lumps.  Rosacea can affect the eyes (ocular rosacea) causing itchy, stingy dry eyes and a sensitivity to light.  The condition affects around 10% of people in the UK including children and young adults but is most common in middle-aged adults.

The exact cause of rosacea remains unclear though stress is known to worsen the condition.  Genetic susceptibility, abnormal function of immune cells in the skin causing inflammation, damaged blood vessels; sun damage and infection from a tiny skin mite (demodex folliculorum) are all possible causes.

Low levels of stomach acid and digestive enzymes are linked with the condition because of subsequent poor protein digestion and absorption of key nutrients.  Poor protein digestion leads to putrefaction in the gut by ‘unfriendly’ gut bacteria, a process which produces toxic metabolites.  Protein digesting enzymes (proteases) are also important for reducing inflammation via their breakdown of fibrin, a compound which encases damaged tissue and contributes to swelling and inflammation.

Diet and Lifestyle

Foods which dilate the capillaries should be avoided (coffee, tea, chocolate, alcohol and spices).  Include a plentiful supply of oily fish, cold pressed seed oils, nuts and seeds to provide anti-inflammatory omega oils, brightly coloured fruits and vegetables for their antioxidant contents and pre-soaked gluten free grains for B-vitamins and minerals.  Gluten (found in wheat, barley, rye and at low levels in oats) is best avoided as it can compromise intestinal integrity and contribute towards inflammation.
Green leafy vegetables supply B-vitamins and magnesium which support adrenal function and are alkalising to the system, helping reduce inflammation.  Pumpkin seeds, nuts, poultry, lamb and fish are excellent sources of zinc, a nutrient crucial for skin healing and immune function.  Replace caffeinated drinks and alcohol with 1.5l of filtered water and herb teas each day.
Relaxation techniques and stress management practises  are beneficial to support the ability of the body to handle stress.

 

Useful Supplements

SUPPLEMENT HOW MUCH? WHY?
Betaine hydrochloride 300–500 mg one to three times daily Corrects low gastric acidity
Plant based digestive ancreatic enzymes Taken with each meal These enzymes replace any digestive insufficiency and work effectively throughout the varying pH levels of the intestinal tract
Whole leaf Aloe vera juice 10-50ml per day internally, also use dilute topically on sore skin Aloe vera has cooling, soothing, anti-inflammatory and healing properties for the skin
Comprehensive multivitamin & mineral formula including full vitamin B complex As directed B vitamins are needed to manufacture digestive enzymes and hydrochloric acid. Riboflavin (B2) has been found to be particularly beneficial for skin. In times of stress, the body has a greater requirement for B vitamins
Zinc citrate 15 mg daily To aid healing, enhance digestive enzyme production and support the immune system
Vitamin C 1000mg per day Supports skin healing and adrenal function when under stress
Krill oil or cold pressed flaxseed oil Krill: 500-1000mg per day Flaxseed oil: 2-3 dessertspoons per day To supply anti-inflammatory omega-3 oils and support the moisture retaining capacity of skin cells.
Grapeseed extract 25-50mg per day Powerful antioxidant and aids skin healing
High strength multi strain probiotic formula As directed To support intestinal flora if antibiotics are used to treat the rosacea

 

We can offer Mesotherapy treatment for this condition. (see exporex on our website)

On offer this month 7 treatments for the price of 5  saving ?160