Rosacea and Vitamin Deficiency

Author: JMS Morales
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Rosacea Facts

Statistics show that 45 million individuals from all over the world are afflicted with rosacea . The typical profile of a rosacea patient is an individual with fair skin and of Caucascian descent. Despite the fact that rosacea is a very common skin disease, it is still not a curable condition. Patients may experience periods of remission or the symptoms may be controlled by proper care and medication, but the symptoms do return when the medication is stopped or when the rosacea triggers manifest.

The common symptoms of rosacea are the presence of small, broken blood vessels on the face; tiny red bumps that are pimple-like in appearance; red or pink patches of skin; and irritated eyes . Genetics, stress and environmental factors all contribute to rosacea flare-ups. And although rosacea is not curable, managing this disease is essential as it is a progressive skin disease that worsens when left untreated.

Vitamin Deficiency

Although there is no substantial evidence as of yet to clearly establish this as a scientific fact, rosacea is also attributed to vitamin deficiency.

A study by Dr. J.R. Allison, published in 1945, proposed that there is a relationship between vitamin B deficiency and rosacea . Another study published in 1947 by Dr. Louis Tulipan says that most, if not all cases of rosacea can be attributed to a vitamin B complex deficiency . According to these studies, oral supplementation or injections of vitamin B help to reduce or eliminate the symptoms of rosacea . Rosacea breakouts can also be attributed to vitamin A deficiency . Vitamin A is needed by our bodies in order develop and maintain the moisture levels and healthiness of the skin. Therefore, it might be of benefit for rosacea sufferers to take adequate amounts of vitamin B and A in order to help prevent or alleviate the symptoms of rosacea.

According to a newer study, vitamin D3 might also be of help for rosacea symptoms, specifically for the red bumps and flare-ups associated with this skin disease . The said study proposes that the cause of rosacea is the production and expression of cathelicidin in the body . Therefore, as the study proposes, vitamin D3 may be beneficial to rosacea sufferers as this vitamin regulates the expression of cathelicidins in the body .

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Works Cited

MedicineNet
"Rosacea Treatment, Pictures, Diet, Symptoms, Causes"
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=467

Southern Medical Journal
"The Relation of Hydrochloric Acid and Vitamin B Complex Deficiency in Certain Skin Diseases"
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