Your Rosacea May Be a Symptom, Not a Condition

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Rosacea can take a serious physical and emotional toll on those who suffer from flareups. Many people don't realize that this is a symptom of a more serious health problem.

Poor liver function will very often manifests itself through skin disorders, digestive problems, and many other health issues that are often treated individually.

The typical person who suffers from rosacea is in the 30-50 age group. It affects about 1 in every 20 Americans. That is about the age when liver function begins declining due to years of abuse through poor diet and exercise habits.

Many people believe this skin problem is difficult to treat because the root cause of the problem is often not treated. They don’t treat the liver; they concentrate only on the skin. But by treating just the skin you will never resolve this kind of problem. The red and blotchy skin is only the outcome of the root cause of the problem.

If your liver is congested, then it is not able to cleanse the blood of toxins at full capacity. The poorly cleansed blood leads to poor skin and more skin flareups. You need a healthy liver for clean blood and clear skin.

Consuming more prescription medications are only going to put more strain on your liver, so most often when you stop the medication, the skin problems return and may even worsen.

The most important factors in prevention of rosacea are diet and lifestyle: these have to change.

Some Root Causes of Rosacea

  1. A diet high in unhealthy fats and poor quality animal fats. Avoid all foods containing any amount of trans fats or hydrogenated oils.

    Also, if you consume alot of dairy products or meats, try to buy organic whenever possible. Farm-factory meats that we buy at the supermarket often contain hormones and drugs fed to the animals, who also consume a diet high in grains which is not a natural diet for these animals. If you don't have access to organic meats just try to cut back.

  2. Food allergies. Dairy allergies are quite common and so are allergies to nuts, wheat, eggs, soy and seafood. If you suspect any of these, eliminate them from your diet for a few weeks and see if you notice improvements.
  3. Low fiber diets.- Definitely add more vegetables, fruits, nuts and sprouts to your diet because they not only help convert food into nutrients that are beneficial to the skin and circulatory system, these all contain an abundance of fiber. The liver loves high fiber diets!
  4. Constipation. A diet high in fiber will help with constipation. Also, flax oil is known to keep bowels freely moving. And make sure you are consuming plenty of pure water which always benefits the digestive tract.

  5. Low levels of digestive enzymes. Eating more live, fresh foods will help with this and if necessary you can also consider taking a digestive enzyme supplement.
  6. Imbalance of good and bad bacteria in the gut. The overgrowth of bad bacteria in the digestive tract may be an influencing factor for rosacea. Antibiotics can often destroy the good bacteria with the bad. It is always a good idea to consume a probiotic, especially if you have been on antibiotics, steroids or other medications. By the way, too much sugar will also feed the bad bacteria.
  7. Reaction to synthetic hormones. Your liver is in charge of hormones. If you are taking synthetic forms of hormones you are taxing your liver.
  8. Any type of hormonal imbalance. Premenopausal and menopausal women need to put great importance upon taking care of their liver. A healthy liver can help women breeze through the menopausal years and keep skin looking younger and healthier.

  9. Nutritional deficiencies. If you can't get enough nutrients in your natural diet (which is extremely common today), you should supplement with a high quality multivitamin.
  10. Smoking. The only way to remedy this one is to stop smoking.
  11. Stressful lifestyles. Stress is taxing on the liver and skin. Several years ago I was dealing with my own rosacea battle. I noticed that not long after the problem developed I also began having signs of stress and anxiety. Some diet changes and adding a little more physical activity to my lifestyle were what cleared my skin.

Minimize or Eliminate Rosacea

  • A 3 day fresh juice fast. A 3 day juice fast will help clear out the toxins in your body and improve your liver function fast. This helps your immune system fight on all cylinders and is a great way to jump start your plan to defeat rosacea. After your juice fast you may want to read the healthy liver guidelines article.
  • Improve your circulation and relieve stress. Any increase to the body's circulation will improve the look of the skin, as well as boost detoxification and cell renewal. I don't think there are any studies that show which exercises are best, but of course yoga and more stress-relieving exercises help to smooth lines and lower stress hormone levels, which could be seen as helpful for rosacea.
  • Milk Thistle is a must. It can help with poor skin health because it improves overall liver function and helps detoxify the skin. Milk thistle is widely available at health food stores.
  • Vitamin C and Lysine. These two supplements can also benefit you immensely in your rosacea fight. Taking Vitamin C is necessary for healthy skin, but another important supplement is called L-Lysine. The number of rosacea cases that are solved by taking this one dietary supplement is surprising. Though it is not a cure all, it has shown to reduce the severity and frequency of flareups in many patients.

    I also take L-Lysine when I feel a cold sore coming on and it stops it in its tracks!

  • Drink green tea. Iced or hot, studies show that green tea may help with detoxifying the body. This is because green tea is rich in antioxidants and other substances that help with detoxification.
  • Drink plenty of water. Be sure to add some fresh lemon juice to your morning and evening glass of water to detox your liver and add lots of vitamin C to your daily diet. Use a lemon a day.
  • Essential fatty acids will help reduce inflammation of the skin. Fish oil and flaxseed oil are both excellent sources of omega 3 fatty acids. Be sure to check out the Mediterranean diet which encourages the consumption of foods high in omega 3 fats.
  • Use mild, paraben-free soaps or cleansers when cleaning your face. Cetaphil is a readily available and inexpensive cleanser. Be sure when you are cleansing to pat the skin down rather than rubbing it.
  • Make your own natural skin care recipes. One way to insure that you are using quality, chemical-free skin care is to make it yourself. Homemade skin care products are fresh, healthy, and economical. For a fabulous collection of natural recipes and remedies for your skin and your rosacea problem Click Here!
  • Acupuncture. Traditional Chinese Medicine highly recommends acupuncture to help balance the body and minimize or eliminate rosacea.
  • A healthy diet is key. A liver cleansing diet is also a great way to begin a program to rid yourself of rosacea. If you look back to the causes you will see you must make healthy changes in your diet. And don't forget to lower your meat and dairy consumption or choose organic as often as possible.

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In summary, stop allowing rosacea to make you miserable. To eliminate rosacea you need to focus on a healthy diet and lifestyle, a few choice supplements, and gentle cleansing with a mild, paraben-free cleanser.

People often give me strange looks when I tell them that their liver may be causing their skin problems but it's true. A healthy liver is your best beauty secret!

Please continue to explore to learn more about the benefits of a healthy liver and how to improve your liver's health so you can live a healthy, beautiful, and long life.

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