Has your physician told you that you have a rosacea skin problem? Perhaps you’re one of those people who thought you were getting acne all over again later in life and tried a number of acne solutions that didn’t work … until one day someone suggested that it might be rosacea.
That was me!
By the time that I realized I had a rosace skin problem and not something else, I had been putting up with recurring acne like symptoms for a number of years. As time progressed however, the symptoms only got worse. When I thought it was only acne, I tried a number of solutions such as washing with antibacterial formulas and scrubbing my face with a nylon shower sponge each day and applying an over-the-counter acne cream. Then after seeing all those “wonder ads” with clear skinned movie stars, I tried the ProActive acne system but wasn’t getting any results there either.
Eventually, I got sick of looking like a pimply teenager again, so I went to a doctor who prescribed some antibiotics and an acne liquid solution. The antibiotics worked for a short time but after about a month they stopped working and my symptoms only deteriorated.
Well I thought I needed a different type of antibiotic so ended up back at the doctor’s again – but this time, I thought I’d get a second opinion. This physician suggested that I had a rosacea skin problem, not acne, and gave me a different topical medication called “Rosex” and referred me to a dermatologist. He suggested that I research the subject on the internet and learn about the various options I had to manage the condition.
Since then, I’ve been on a journey, researching everything there is to know about rosacea, its causes, symptoms, prevention, treatments and cures. It’s been a very interesting learning curve and I’m here to share the results with you.
What Causes a Rosacea Skin Problem?
In a nutshell, it is your skin trying to tell you something about your body. In a way, you could consider yourself privileged to receive this information, as many people never get any indication that something is not quite right “inside” until it turns into something serious. But if you have a rosacea skin problem, then you are one of those people whose skin is a sensitive barometer of your general health.
But why you and not others? Well … due to hereditary factors, the small blood vessel endings known as capilliaries on your face are closer to the skin surface than for most other people. Consequently, they come into closer contact with pathogens and mites that rest on the surface of your skin, as well as any stale oil from your sebaceous glands that is sitting in the pores on your face. As a result of this “closeness” anything in the upper layers of your skin that is considered hostile, is more readily attacked by antibodies from your immune system via your blood capilliaries. A war starts and the result is infection.
But not everyone with a rosacea skin problem experiences acne-like infection. Some merely get a red flushed look in areas such as the nose, the cheeks, under the eyes and on the forehead, especially after partaking of any alcoholic beverage – because alcohol dilates the capilliaries. Cold or hot weather can do it too, as can caffeine loaded hot drinks.
On the other hand, for some people, chronic infection, especially when left untreated, eventually creates connective tissue that forms like a callous over the skin surface. The area becomes hard and rough and in places like the nose, can build to a point where the nose becomes large and bulbous. They have a name for this – Phymatous Rosacea. It usually requires corrective surgery to get rid of the excess skin.
How to Treat a Rosacea Skin Problem
There are many ways, some good, others questionable. The medical profession will currently offer you pharmaceutical creams to be applied topically, that are possibly complemented by antibiotics to be taken internally. This dual approach has a limited lifespan, since you don’t want to be taking antibiotics forever and the creams will more often than not cause your skin to dry out and have a scaly feel about it. Another solution the medical profession offers is laser therapy which cauterises and seals off those offending capilliaries.
Others suggest a more wholistic approach. Picking up from our previous comment – if you have a rosacea skin problem then it’s because your body is trying to tell you something. Deal with the problem at an internal level and not only will you enjoy better general health with more energy and vitality, but your skin will clear up as well. This is the approach that I favour and is the one that I have found that works for me. It makes a lot of sense to deal with the root cause of the problem rather than trying to handle the symptoms.
In this regard, we explore a number of natural remedies for rosacea on this site which we hope you will find interesting. There are a number of natural products which can be taken internally with a view to detoxing your blood from pathogens which cause rosacea. Not only so, but you can then combine this with naturally occurring oils and other solutions which both cleanse and protect your skin from infection.
If you go on a detox program to cleanse your organs (your skin is your largest organ), strenthen your immune system, improve cellular integrity and remove pathogens from your blood, how can you lose?
You don’t have to let a rosacea skin problem cause you distress. There are solutions. But first, it’s important that you accept that your skin is a little more sensitive than most other peoples’ but this simply means that you may need to adjust your lifestyle a little and learn what you need to do, to make your symptoms go away. This site can be your “one stop spot” to getting the help you need.