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Re: tea suggestions for rosacea anyone?


Hydrochloric Acid Supplements

The stomach's ability to produce acid declines with age and may also decrease with psychological stress. Stomach acid is important for the proper functioning of digestive enzymes, for vitamin and nutrient absorption and to maintain the stomach's defense against bacterial infection. Symptoms of low stomach acid include bloating, gas and indigestion immediately after meals, weak and peeling fingernails, anemia and undigested food in the stools. Clinically, some patients with rosacea have decreased stomach acid with improvement of rosacea symptoms after supplementing with hydrochloric acid.

Levels of the microorganism Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) have been found to be higher in patients with rosacea, however, this finding was challenged by a recent study that showed that the standard Antibiotic treatment for H. pylori did not improve symptoms of rosacea. Instead of a direct association with H. pylori, it is possible that the direct association of rosacea may be with stomach acidity, since low acidity makes the stomach less able to fight bacteria and may increase the likelihood of H. pylori infection.

It is important that a health practitioner assess the level of stomach acid before taking hydrochloric acid supplements, since administering hydrochloric acid when there is no deficiency may damage the stomach lining.

Digestive Enzymes

Some people with rosacea have indigestion, especially after eating fatty foods. One study found a deficiency of the pancreatic enzyme lipase, an enzyme that helps to digest fat. When the rosacea patients in the study were given pancreatic enzyme supplements with meals, their symptoms of indigestion and rosacea both improved.

B Vitamins

Inadequate riboflavin, caused by insufficient dietary intake or poor absorption in the digestive tract, may be associated with rosacea. One study found that Demodex folliculorum mites, which are normally found on the skin but more in larger numbers on the skin of rosacea patients, are more likely to affect the skin of animals in riboflavin. An increased number of mites may cause blockage of the pores from inflammation or may allow for the growth of bacteria on the skin.

Azelaic Acid Cream

Azelaic acid cream is derived from wheat, rye and barley. It appears to have antimicrobial action that slows the growth of skin bacteria and appears to be effective at reducing skin redness and papules and pustules associated with rosacea.

One study conducted by the University of British Columbia found that azelaic acid 20% cream was as effective as topical metronidazole 0.75% cream in reducing the number of papules and pustules on the skin. Azelaic acid also appeared to be slightly more effective at reducing redness.

In addition, overall improvement was rated by physicians as higher with azelaic acid. Both creams, however, showed equal improvement in the symptoms of dryness, burning, telangiectasia and itching. The most common side effect of the azelaic acid cream was stinging on application, but the patients still had a better overall impression of azelaic acid than the metronidazole cream.

Besides stinging, side effects of azelaic acid may include lightening of darkened areas of skin, although the skin does not appear to lighten beyond its normal color. Azelaic acid cream is available in the United States by prescription and is not currently available in Canada.

food allergy and Intolerance

Naturopathic doctors Michael Murray and and Joseph Pizzorno suggest that a reaction to certain foods may cause the release of chemicals that dilate blood vessels and cause flushing. Migraine, another disorder that occurs more frequently in patients with rosacea, is associated with food intolerance and frequently improves when offending foods are removed from the diet.

An inexpensive and effective way of identifying food intolerance is through an elimination and challenge diet, which involves removing allergenic foods from the diet for one to two weeks then systematically introducing them into the diet to isolate the foods that cause reactions.


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