Although the National Rosacea Society announced that research results from a recent study are heartening for Subtype 4, ocular rosacea, there is as of April 2010 still no cure for any type of rosacea. All people can do is manage the condition-avoid their triggers and adjust environmental and emotional conditions to help lessen or avoid episodes when possible. Vitamin therapies may play a part in the battle against outbreaks and reduction of symptoms, but caution is advised-not all vitamins are harmless for rosacea sufferers.
Taken as directed or under close supervision by a physician, some vitamins may alleviate some of the discomfort and effects of rosacea. A few are:
Vitamin A (retinol) naturally occurs in the skin, and topical lotions with vitamin A can both replace it and ease itching. Vitamin A can also be taken as oral supplements.
Vitamin B12 (cobalmin) helps reduce occurrence and severity of flushing.
Niacinamide, a derivative of niacin (vitamin B3), found in fish, meat, and wheat, works well for rosacea patients as a niacin substitute in lotions for its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties.
Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits, which can trigger episodes. Rosacea patients who take this should do so as an oral supplement to enhance the immune system; works to boost vitamin E efficiency.
Vitamin E alpha-tocopherol is found in fresh vegetables, vegetable oils, nuts, and natural cereals. Topical ointments or lotions with vitamin E replenishes the skin’s naturally present vitamin supply and protect the skin from sun and wind. Vitamin E is also a powerful anti-oxidant. When paired with vitamin C, this vitamin is especially effective.
If a little is good, a lot is better, right? Not for rosacea sufferers. Too much of some vitamins can elevate symptoms for a rosacea patient. Any dosage of others can do the same. Two common vitamins to avoid are:
Vitamin A (retinol) may have harmful effects for rosacea patients with sensitive skin; use of lotions with retinaldehyde instead may bring relief.
Vitamin B3 (niacin) causes inflammation of the blood vessels. Be aware of multi-vitamin or B-complex supplements with this ingredient.
Consult a physician prior to starting any vitamin therapy.
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