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by Ron Kennedy, M.D., Santa Rosa, CA

Dr. Kennedy Acne rosacea is a common disorder affecting facial skin. Its most persistent feature is a bright red flush. People affected are usually in the 35-50 range of age, most are females, but severity is generally greater in males. Fair skinned people are more often affected.

Recurrent flushing and blushing is present and late in the disease the nose may be enlarged with thick red skin, a condition known as "rhinophyma." Enlargement of the nose is more common in males. Also, along with thicker skin, the oil glands of the face enlarge and are more active giving an oily appearance. Swelling of the face may be present along with stinging of the cheeks, forehead and ears.

The usual cause of acne rosacea is an overload of mercury, usually from dental amalgams but sometimes from fish consumption and sometimes from industrial sources. For more details about mercury toxicity, begin with this article: Dental Amalgam Mercury Poisoning.

Things which make this condition worse are: hot liquids, sun and/or wind exposure, spicy foods, extreme temperatures, alcohol, stress, and prescription topical steroids.

Conditions which must be distinguished are acne vulgaris, seborrheic dermatitis, and perioral dermatitis. Unless the cause is identified and treated, this tends to be a chronic progressive disease which comes and goes and generally slowly increases.

Topical steroids are best avoided. After an initial favorable response the disease usually rebounds and is worse than ever. Traditional treatment consists of oral antibiotics and topical metronidazole. Lifestyle changes are important as stressful situations which make the condition worse must be avoided.

While traditional medicine claims to know no cause for this disorder, in fact the presence of certain bacteria in the stomach (Heliobacter pylori) is often associated with this disease and elimination of these bacteria with appropriate therapy usually improves the condition. There is a bismuth preparation with which doctors who practice nutritional medicine are familiar which usually will get rid of Heliobacter pylori without the use of antibiotics.

Where antibiotics are concerned, they are best avoided until a bacterial infection of the skin can be proven by culture and even then long term antibiotic use is to be avoided due to probable damage to the digestive system. The SanPharma isopathic remedies are much to be preferred.



The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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