In almost all cases, acne rosacea is caused by low stomach-acid production that prevents people from digesting their food properly. As a result, partially digested foods may get absorbed into the blood, eliciting an allergic/inflammatory reaction. Acne rosacea may also be caused by anemia, nervousness, and stress. Limit intake of acidic foods (sugar, soda and cola, coffee, tea, and alcohol.)
There may occur a high prevalence of Helicobacter pylori infection in acne rosacea patients. If efforts to treat hypochlorhydria are ineffective, it may be beneficial to try eradication treatment for h. pylori.
- PANCREATIC ENZYMES
Take 1 or 2 tablets 5-10 minutes before larger meals.
- BETAINE (HYDROCHLORIC ACID)
This can be taken with each meal if the patient is hypo-chlorhydric (low stomach acid)
- LACTOBACILLUS, ACIDOPHILUS and other PROBIOTIC SUPPORT
These supplements can regulate intestinal flora, supplementing friendly bacteria.
- STOMACH ACIDIFIERS
Stomach acidifiers like apple cider vinegar, stomach bitters, glutamic acid, and vitamin C may be helpful.
- B-COMPLEX VITAMINS
Supplement B-complex vitamins with extra vitamin B12 (1,000 mc), vitamin B6 (50 mg), and folic acid (2-4 mg).
- VITAMIN E
Take vitamin E orally, and use vitamin E topically, along with acid-water compresses.
- MILD SOAPS and MOISTURIZERS
Topical administration of 1 % NADH diluted in Vaseline ointment can be very effective for rosacea and contact dermatitis.
- PRESCRIPTION ANTIBIOTICS
Prescription antibiotics like tetracycline and metronidazole (Flagyl) should be used as a last resort if nutritional therapy does not work. Recent research revealed that prolonged use of antibiotics in young adults will cause antibiotic resistance. This medical practice should be severly monitored and restricted. In all cases when antibiotics are used, probiotics should be used in conjunction with antibiotics to prevent dysbiosis.
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