Stop covering up your rosacea——and cure it for good from the inside out
If rosacea didn’t already cause facial redness, the frustration from trying to figure it out would probably make more than one person red-in-the-face.
After all, the redness, inflammation, and red bumps characteristic of the disease can be triggered by anything from food, to temperature, to light exercise. And in a double whammy, for some people, using creams and cosmetics to try to cover it up only makes a bad situation worse.
But most doctors are barking up the wrong treatment tree. Too many products focus on treating the symptoms rather than the source——and whereas that might give you some relief for a little while, you’re never getting to the root of the problem.
The medical community will still tell you they don’t know what exactly causes rosacea or how to get rid of it for good. I don’t know if they just don’t care to see reality——or if they don’t have time to look, but…
The answer to rosacea is staring them in the face
It’s no coincidence that most people with rosacea also suffer from some type of indigestion. If you think the two don’t have anything to do with each other, you’re wrong. They have everything to do with each other.
Helicobacter pylori is a bacterium that can be found in your digestive system. The presence of this bacteria can lead to all sorts of seemingly unrelated health problems, including stomach ulcers, autoimmune diseases, and——you guessed it——skin conditions.
Two articles published in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology and in the European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology found that when the H. pylori was eliminated, patients completely recovered from rosacea.
That’s because H. pylori can cause low stomach acid. One of the side effects of not having enough stomach acid is that it causes malabsorption problems——especially with B vitamins, iron, and other important minerals, such as zinc.
Blocking the absorption of zinc is doubly harmful. For starters, the immune-boosting powers of zinc help your body fight off viruses and bacteria——including H. pylori. But there’s more to it. Zinc is critical for a healthy immune system, it helps your body heal, and it’s necessary in order for skin, hair, and nails to grow properly.
Studies have shown that zinc is effective in treating numerous skin disorders, such as acne and warts. More recently, pilot studies indicate that…
Supplementing with zinc can improve the symptoms of rosacea in as little as four weeks
In double-blind, crossover study, researchers gave one group of patients 100 mg of zinc sulfate three times a day for three months. The other got a placebo. While there wasn’t much change in the condition of the placebo group, the zinc sulfate group improved significantly after just the first month. Even when the original zinc group was switched over to the placebo after three months, they continued to experience the benefits of the zinc.
It couldn’t hurt to get your zinc levels tested and to add a supplement if you’re low. However, if you have low stomach acid caused by the presence of H. pylori, supplementing with zinc could be like pouring water into a leaky bucket. So, first thing’s first.
Here’s what to do:
Get tested for H. pylori. If the test is positive, you need to get rid of the bacteria and work on building up your stomach acid. To knock out the bacteria, you can either choose the conventional route or the alternative one.
A course of three antibiotics, taken over a three-week period should clear out the bacteria. But as you know, it clears out the good bacteria as well as the bad, so if you decide to go this route, make sure you’re also taking a good probiotic.
If you want to follow the herbal path, the following herbs have been found to wipe out the bacteria (keep in mind, though, that it’ll take about twice as long as the antibiotics):
- Cranberry juice. This unsweetened juice can keep the H. pylori from sticking to your stomach wall.
- Green tea. The tannins from green tea help kill off the bacteria itself.
- Rhubarb. One clinical trial found rhubarb to be 89 percent successful in eliminating H. pylori.
Other beneficial herbs include fresh, crushed garlic, cinnamon, thyme, tumeric, and goldenseal.
Once you’ve gotten rid of the bacteria, you’ll need to work on building up your stomach acid again. To do so, talk to your doctor about taking replacement hydrochloric acid with pepsin. In addition, consider getting B-complex injections.