A chronic skin disorder that most often affects the forehead, nose, cheekbones, and chin. Groups of capillaries close to the surface of the skin become dilated resulting in blotchy red areas, small bumps, and sometimes pimples. The redness can come and go, but eventually may become permanent. The inflammation of rosacea can look a great deal like acne, but it tends to be more chronic. Blackheads and whiteheads are almost never present and usually begins in middle age or later. It is a fairly common disorder – about 1 in 20 Americans are afflicted with but many never realize it. Rosacea is caused by a depressed immune system, vitamin deficiencies, and an overload of toxins. Fair-skinned individuals seem to be more susceptible to this condition that darker-skinned people.
Rosacea usually begins with frequent flushing of the face, particularly the nose and cheeks. The flushing is caused by the swelling of the blood vessels underneath the skin. This "red mask" can serve as a warning signal. Rosacea can also cause a persistent burning and feeling of grittiness in the eyes, or inflamed and swollen eyelids.
- We suggest a high quality whole food supplement, like VITAFORCE™ to correct nutritional deficiencies. This provides organic whole food nutrients necessary for healthy skin and the repair of skin tissues.
- Herbal detoxification products may be helpful in flushing toxins, chemicals, heavy metals, and thousands of other poisons out of the kidneys which make effect the skin. We suggest using formulas that use organic, whole herbs. If interested, take a look at the Kidney Bladder Formula and Hot Cayenne Extract.
- Eat a diet that is composed of 50% raw foods and includes plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
- Drink plenty of distilled water and fresh "live" juices throughout the day. Juices are extremely nutritious and detoxifying.
- It is very important that you eat only organic foods. These foods will be free of pesticides, hormones, insecticides, and other chemicals and toxins that cause psoriasis.
- Use all natural skin care products that contain NO chemicals or synthetics of any kind.
- Aloe Vera Gel has excellent healing properties; apply pure, organic aloe vera gel topically to dry skin as directed on the label. If you experience irritation, discontinue use.
- Primrose Oil is a good healer for all skin disorders because it contains linoleic acid which is needed for healthy skin.
- Lavender is good to use in a sauna or steam bath, it fights inflammation, soothes and heals irritated skin.
Things to Avoid:
- All Animal Foods (they produce excess acids which corrode the lining of the stomach): dairy foods (milk, cheese, butter, cream, ice cream), fish, meat, chicken, turkey, eggs, fried and greasy foods, margarine, and all other processed foods and animal derived products from your diet. These foods are laced with chemicals, pesticides, and toxins as well as high levels of saturated fats which promote inflammation.
- Salt, tobacco, caffeine, strong spices, sodas, coffee, sugar, and refined white flour (breads, pastas, cereals- replace with whole wheat pastas, breads, and cereals). These products are extraordinarily destructive to the skin.
- Avoid extremes of temperature, especially heat. Keep baths and showers short using only warm water that you can tolerate comfortably.
1) James F. Balch, M.D, Phyllis A. Balch, C.N.C, "Prescription for Nutritional Healing," (1997)