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  • Has Anyone Seriously Healed Their ROSACEA?

    Hey Groks,

    Im wondering if anyone out there has got rid of their rosacea?

    Im finding it very difficult finding anyone who has successful done this via diet alone. Im sure there are people out there who have.

    A lot of the holistic and primal take on this is that it is a symptom from something going wrong in the gut. some say its a gut flora issues, some say inflammation, leaky gut, some say stomach acid issues, etc.

    Please give me some good hope here =)



  • #2
    My rosacea is not completely gone, but it is 90% better on this diet after 8-10 months.I don't get the little pimples anymore and my nose and cheeks are faint pink instead of almost purplish. I imagine it takes the blood vessels years to fully shrink.

    You won't hurt anything by trying it for a few months, right?

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    • #3
      Mine improved a lot too. It wasn't severe, but it was noticeable. Now my skin tone is much more even. I attribute a lot of this to not drinking anymore. Alcohol made me flush beet red after two drinks.
      2011 - The year I went Primal
      Start weight: 198 / Waist: 32"
      CW: 158.5 / Waist: 28"
      GW: 145-ish
      Supplements: Calcium and O-3 in AM. Natural Calm, Valerian Root Extract and sublingual Melatonin in PM (for lifelong chronic insomnia).


      • #4
        I also added in MRM Bone Maximizer III.... it seems to have really cut down on my skin issues.


        • #5
          I found cutting out low quality diary helped mine. I used to think it was the lactose, but now just stick to A2 protien milk (raw would be fantastic, but I'm unable to get it), and high quality cheeses.


          • #6
            My wife's skin is so much better. I can actually see the faint birthmark on her cheek. She still gets more acne than she'd like, but overall it is way better than she's ever had.

            She does still spend a decent chunk of money on Dr. Hauschka's products, though.


            • #7
              I saw a dermatologist for my skin condition. My form of rosacea was a lot of congestion with multiple telangiectases which would bleed if abraded. On my cheeks I have lots of broken capillaries. I would get a lot of pustules also, but I had to take clindamycin for 8 weeks for a very bad dental bone infection due to a trauma. The clindamycin cured the pustules and that was three years ago. I still get the telangiectases. The doc told me that because of my Nordic heritage and very pale skin with nearly white blonde hair that my skin had suffered skin damage. I used to ski and water ski and tanned voraciously. One time in a tanning bed, I came out with my entire breast and sternal area completely covered in a bright red spider web of broken capillaries. That never healed, sadly. What I learned from the skin doc is that skin problems have multiple sources. I cured the infection, but the capillary damage is 20 years old, and needs laser tx to fix. The telangiectases are due to invasive growth. I just got one a week ago. I am clean eating and take lots of good supplements, but I think sun damage is just that - damage. It may take a long time to repair. My skin never responded to metro gel or tetracycline or the sulfa mask. Only clindamycin. Doc says bacteria migrate out of the gut. Pores clog due to internal invasive vascular activity, not environmental. Also there is a huge corelation between skin infection and dental plaque. Not saying anyone has poor hygiene LOL but aggressive oral hygiene with brushing and flossing after all meals, no snacking, no sugar or starchy foods and no sticky nuts (hmm does this sound familiar?) knocks down oral bacterial populations. My dentist is a progressive thinker and he thinks that h. Pylori may have something to do with gum disease, and possibly acne. It would be interesting if our resident dentist Dr. Kruse chimed in on this. I wonder how many rosacea patients also have gingival disease and GERD.

              To the OP: read Dr. Perricone on inflammatory acne. His Rx is eat wild caught salmon and broccoli and cut out carbs. His vitamin tx is very expensive. I use a green tea vitamin C based serum and I apply a roll on zinc product to any bump I get.
              Last edited by Snauzoo; 12-10-2011, 12:31 PM.


              • #8
                Yes, yes, yes! My rosacea was relatively mild, I guess - type II, very red face and frequent flushing, but very few papules. Anyway, my skin improved very quickly (within a week of going primal) and I have only had a couple of instances of flushing since - brought on by stress in recent weeks. And those flushes went down in say, a half hour, instead of a half a day.
                I have also made an effort to eat yogurt, brine pickles, and take probiotics, and I think that has also made a difference. When I am stressed, I eat/take more of those things.
                I've also been using coconut oil on my skin everyday and nothing else - my skin loves it. The few papules I had (limited to one spot on my right cheek) didn't like the coconut oil at all and have virtually vanished.
                The only aspect that hasn't healed is the "spongy" texture associated with rosacea - I've got a bit of that on my cheeks. It's gotten better, and it isn't very noticeable, but I wouldn't mind if that went away completely too! I may consider having another IPL treatment to eliminate it if it doesn't eventually go back to completely normal, but that's probably excessive vanity.
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                • #9
                  My rosacea was mainly on my cheeks and chin - few papules, just awful blotchy redness and sometimes flaky and peeling skin. I guess I also have sensitive skin because the medications given me by two different dermatoligists only made it worse. I also tried many commercial products, spending way too much $ with no appreciable results. My skin is now relatively clear and I credit putting FAT back in my diet! I think that my efforts to follow the CW's lowfat nonsense contributed to the rosacea. Putting good fats back in my diet has made a huge difference. I also recently started using coconut oil on my skin as well & echo SweetPickles endorsement.
                  Starting Weight: 197.5
                  Current Weight: 123
                  Far healthier!


                  • #10
                    I helped a friend of mine clear hers up through digestive enzymes and hydrochloric acid.
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                    • #11
                      Ive been Primal for a year and a half now. In fact I was anti-candida for all that time except the last 2 months where now ive added back in potatoes and and a little rice twice a week (on workout days).

                      My rosacea is on my nose. No where else. So i just got this stupid looking red nose.

                      Since introducing potatoes (more carbs) more acne has actually reduced immensely...really weird because i thought it would be the other way around!

                      I just dont know what to do about this rosacea though!!


                      • #12
                        ...and just to add, ive only had rosacea for about 2-3 years. And im only in my mid 20s. ...i cant remember exactly when it started but there was a period about 3 years ago when i had a couple of anti biotic treatments, one of which was overseas in Nepal where Im sure they used the fullest strength antibiotics to blast away the stomach problem i had at the time.

                        thats why im thinking its a stomach/gut problem.


                        • #13
                          Janie, I love the CO also.

                          Just this morning I was reading about vagal nerve stuff and rosaceans at Art Ayers blog. I never get or got flushing, but if I get my face wet it turns bright red. I got the diagnosis of rosacea by my GP and it was confirmed by my dermatologist.

                          My take on all the info is that there is a vagal nerve connection, and there is a gut connection, and possibly there is even adopokine (adaponectin, lectin, macrophage, etc)
                          I.e. cytokines. It is not limited to obese or over fat folks, but I sure see a lot if ladies with it who are higher BMI than is healthy.

                          I did a series of laser tx, for individual areas, but now it is on both cheeks, chin, and nose so I am thinking IPL this time. And then Titan. Losing weight makes face saggy
                          I can deal with fine lines but looking like an alcoholic sharpei is not how I want to spend my golden years.


                          • #14
                            i've always had pretty good skin and it got even better after dropping grains in 2010. However, suddenly in December 2011 i noticed what i believe is rosacea - vivid red capillaries, thickened skin on my neck (not visible, but i can feel it) and bumps bumps bumps all over my cheeks and skin that is exposed while cycling (ie not where my sunglasses cover up). My nose is also feeling "thicker" but i thought that was b/c of smashing my face into my handlebars during a cyclocross race. My nose has never been the same since that accident! i think there's some internal scarring or something.

                            anyway, the redness & bumps have just gotten worse since December & finally this week i started to apply a diluted apple cider vinegar. Amazingly after only a few days, the bumps have been greatly reduced. I'm hoping for greater improvement in the future.

                            i wondered if anyone had any luck w/ those light machines that you can buy from Ulta or Amazon?


                            • #15
                              I work in a spa and treat rosacea all the time. The redness is vascular, so I use IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) to treat that portion. It's a different version of laser and may take a few treatments. It's non-invasive and nobody will even know you had it done. The other magic I use is a JetPeel (Google it, like a power washer for the skin), and that kills the bacteria/infiltrates that cause the breakouts.

                              Diet is a huge portion, and you can somewhat control it with that... but to get the broken capillaries/redness, you probably need to hit it with IPL. I've taken people with bright red skin, needing corrective makeup, back to a place where they can leave the house with just moisturizer.