Rosacea may be more than a skin condition

Reader’s Question: What do you recommend for dealing with rosacea?

Dr. Glenn Rothfeld: Rosacea affects about 10 per cent of lighter-skinned people – especially women in their middle age.

If your face is generally red all over… or most noticeable on your forehead and cheeks… your dermatologist has probably diagnosed it as acne rosacea and put you on some type of prescribed medication.

But common skin conditions can often be a warning sign of more serious health problems that we need to treat early.

And those medium-to large-sized, acne-type bumps are almost always a sign of low stomach acid.

As I shared with you last month, our stomachs stop producing adequate levels of hydrochloric acid and pepsin as we get older. And that means that taking supplemental hydrochloric acid and pepsin to “replace” them will not only help aid digestion but also, in all likelihood, help combat acne rosacea.

I have my patients take one capsule (5, 7-1/2, or 10 grains) of either betaine hydrochloride-pepsin or glutamic-acid hydrochloridepepsin just before meals. If there are no problems, then we gradually increase the dosage over several days to the recommended amount (40 to 90 grains per meal).

This kind of treatment should always be carefully monitored by a physician.

As well, a study published in JAMA Neurology last year found that folks with rosacea are twice as likely to develop Parkinson’s disease – and, when they do, it’s two years earlier than those with perfectly clear skin.

As I’ve shared before, I’ve been battling Parkinson’s for years, and I’ve devoted a lot of study to both the biological processes and the environmental toxins – like mold – that can trigger it. And through my own research, I’ve been able to keep it from progressing.

And you know what else can irritate your skin? Environmental toxins.

Finally, before you start a treatment protocol with your doctor, make sure it’s actually rosacea and not adult acne that’s keeping your skin from being clear. Adult acne can be caused by anything from your prescriptions to hormonal changes (like menopause) to allergies.

Work with a doctor who’s well-versed in integrative medicine to reduce your body’s toxic load with a safe detox program, which may involve chelation.

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Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing

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