Rosacea is a chronic facial skin disorder that can really impact the quality of life for individuals. Typically, women are affected more than men with the incidence of disease at about 5%.
Treatment and management work best when an early and correct diagnosis is made, and the individual is educated properly and empowered to understand how to manage their rosacea.
There are four main types of rosacea;
– Erythematotelangiectatic (flushing, redness, and dilated capillaries)
– Papulopustular (redness, small papules, and pinpoint pustules)
– Phymatous (skin thickening and irregular nodules)
– Ocular aka eyes (blepharitis, conjunctivitis, erythema of the nose)
From a Naturopathic lens, we view the cause of rosacea to be multifactorial, with every individual experiencing a different set of symptoms that require a different approach to treatment. Often we see rosacea as a chronic inflammatory issue with a big link between the gut, immune system, circulatory system, and obviously skin! Interestingly, rosacea has associations with digestive disorders, GORD, metabolic disorders, coeliac disease, H.Pylori infection, and Demodex mite infections.
In clinical practice I often recommend patients keep a diary or note down particular triggers or scenarios where their rosacea symptoms are worst, this can help us pinpoint what is exacerbating things and helps us work to reduce the effects of these triggers.
This is what rosacea looks like: