April 19, 2008

Zinc pills to help rosacea


rosaceaRosacea is a common but little-known disorder of the facial skin that affects mostly fair-skinned people. It’s often mistaken for acne. While the cause of rosacea is unknown and there is no cure, today medical help is available that can control the signs and symptoms of this potentially life-disruptive disorder. Some symptoms include redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead, small visible blood vessels on the face, bumps or pimples on the face and watery or irritated eyes.


Britain’s leading nutritionist Jane Clarke has some terrific advice for treating rosacea. She advocates the use of zinc pills (zinc sulphate) as it has been found that people given large doses of zinc supplements (upto 300 mg) have experienced an improvement in their condition. But as large doses of zinc supplements can cause side-effects and stomach problems such as cramps, indigestion and diarrhea, she advises that it is always better to seek an expert’s opinion about the suitable dosage.

She also mentions about other supplements that have been shown to help - Nicotinamide (the synthetic version of vitamin B3), copper and low-dose zinc supplements (note: these are not the same as zinc sulphate). But here again, she stresses more on discussing this with a medical professional.

According to her, your diet can play a major role in aggravating or improving your skin condition. A wholesome nutritious diet with little or no low-glycemic foods can do a world of good for skin conditions like rosacea or acne. And it is all the more better if you can identify those foods that are likely to induce or worsen your symptoms of rosacea. Your skin will benefit most certainly if you completely avoid such trigger foods. An occasional tea or coffee is not quite likely to worsen your condition or have any bearing on your skin texture. In fact intake of herbal decoctions like green tea might even help. But excessive intake of coffee/tea, aerated drinks, alcohol should be strictly avoided. It has also been found that by making certain lifestyle changes, such as avoiding hot baths and extremes in temperature also helps in relieving the symptoms. That’s why take foods and drinks, which are at room temperature; do not partake those foods which are steaming hot or ice-cold.


She concludes by saying that by keeping a tab on your diet, incorporating a few lifestyle changes and finding a way to keep stress levels at the minimum you can improve the appearance of the skin tremendously and fight conditions such as rosacea effectively.

Also read this article from Total beauty for ways to tone down the redness and get your beautiful skin back in shape and get rid of rosacea once and for all.



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31 comments:

  1. Interesting fasts you got there, I guess you need to take care of your skin else you would look old.

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  2. Thanks for your contribution to Take Charge of Your Health Care Carnival. Nutritional supplements can help many disorders including rosacea.

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  3. Anonymous11:06 AM

    Zinc is more than just atomic number 30 on the periodic table. An essential element for health and beauty, zinc promotes a healthy immune system, speeds the healing of wounds, promotes collagen formation, and prevents acne, along with dozens of o…

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  4. Nice blog! Really its provides very nice information.
    Keep it up

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  5. Anonymous4:45 PM

    With more than 14 million rosacea sufferers in the US alone, and 20,000 new cases diagnosed each month, rosacea is the third most common inflammatory skin disorder. Worldwide, it is estimated that more than 45 million people are affected by the disorder, although many do not even realize it. Recent Gallup surveys show that 78 percent of Americans have no knowledge of the condition, or how to help diminish it’s effects.

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  6. Anonymous6:02 AM

    My skin went crazy...it felt like it was on fire. Raw and red and such pain!

    I went to the dermatologist and he prescribed "MetroLotion" and all it did was burn my skin even more.( This started when I was about 48 years old---other strange health problems were happening at the same time).

    I started using the Made from Earth Rosehip & Hibiscus Face Serum also - and my skin is under control. The hideous raw red skin flares occaisionally...I use it daily...

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  7. unknown9:57 AM

    Avoid sun exposure. Use sunscreen every day.
    Avoid prolonged exertion in hot weather.
    Try to reduce stress. Try deep breathing, yoga, or other relaxation techniques.
    Limit spicy foods, alcohol, and hot beverages.
    There are also certain medications that can be used to help reduce redness but they need to be prescribed by a doctor.

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  8. Christina12:27 PM

    Interesting POST on rosacea. This information is very helpful.

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  9. Azelaic acid: This ingredient is often prescribed for rosacea, but can be used by anyone who is interested in lightening the color of the skin. This is an extract of grains that is applied topically – often via prescription.

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  10. Alwin3:51 PM

    Vitamin A intake can reduce the symptoms of Rosacea.

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  11. Pure English Lavender is yet another home remedy for Rosacea. You can apply it regularly on the face and can notice dramatic results. Pure English lavender particularly treats Rosacea redness well.

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  12. Multi vitamin supplements, Omega 3 fatty acids, selenium etc can improve the skin condition and can cure or reduce Rosacea symptoms

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  13. Anonymous5:37 PM

    i was on holiday in ireland and there was a country fair, there was a stall selling aalgo....it's liturally a container with seaweed powder it's 100% natural!Theres no chemicals in it! you put it in a bath or use it as a fackmask by adding warm water, brilliant for acne,roseacea and dry skin problem. you can buy it online at aalgo.com it works wonders

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  14. Turmeric helps control my rosacia. i use 1 tsp in 6 to 8 ounces of warm milk daily. do this for 4 or 5 days then skip a couple days befor restarting.

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  15. zinc needs to be taken with copper to protect against copper deficiency (which is caused by excessive zinc). Also zinc can be taken in a pill form or as a cream in zinc oxide form. In any case, the rosacea bearer will be able to have some relief.

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  16. Anonymous3:16 PM

    "Promote healing of skin wounds, eczema, rosacea, burns, and other irritations. Zinc repairs the skin's top layer in part by helping to process the essential fatty acids that encourage healing. Adding zinc supplements to your diet may therefore lead to more efficient recovery from burns, psoriasis, rosacea, hemorrhoids, and eczema, especially if the affected area is not healing well. The body also requires extra nutrients such as zinc to help repair burned skin and reinforce the immune response."

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  17. Anonymous9:59 AM

    Natural Anti-Inflammatory
    Green Tea,Lavender,Oatmeal and Chamomile

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  18. Anonymous8:57 AM

    Avoid foods and activities that increase blood circulation to face as well as neck. Such food items include hot beverages, alcohol, corticosteroids, certain blood vessels dilator drugs and spicy foods. Activities include strenuous exercise, saunas, hot baths, sunlight exposure and anger or embarrassment. You should be cautious about the skin care products that you use as they can also trigger rosacea.

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  19. Crystal9:04 AM

    One should include whole grains, abundant fresh vegetables, fresh fruits and nuts in their diet to effectively fight conditions of rosacea. Vascular constrictors such as blackberries, cherries and blueberries reduce redness substantially. Seaweed eliminates dampness and improves the skin texture. One should substitute red meat with fish or chicken. Also, protein-rich Tofu possesses amazing cooling qualities that prevent rosacea.

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  20. Maithili9:48 AM

    Try increasing your intake of vitamin D through supplements (1000 – 4000 IU/day) and B-complex to aid in healthier skin and maintaining a healthier immune system.

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  21. Drink more water and avoid all alcohol & caffeine products (coffee, tea, pop, etc..) Alcohol & caffeine will actually dehydrate your skin. Water re-hydrates from the inside out.

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  22. Anonymous9:50 AM

    try a dairy milk face-soak during a flare-up (as long as you're not allergic) The dairy milk helps to balance the natural PH of the skin
    - try using face lotion containing certified green algae or aloe vera gel (use lotions, not creams, as lotion is more gentle on the skin and absorbs more easily)
    try using pure tea tree oil for pimples & blemishes. Apply with a q-tip to each individual pimple or blemish. avoid extended periods in direct sun (use sunblock with 15 - 30 spf) drink pure green tea, rose hip tea, and fennel tea (great antioxidants) eat foods high in anti-oxidants; such as blueberries, cranberries, purple grapes, broccoli, etc..

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  23. best and cheapest remedy for rosacea is: head&shoulder supplement from wall mart and 100% aloe vera gel + cocoa butter
    wash your face with the shampoo and leave it for 2-3 min and rinse, once dry apply aloe Vera, once dry apply 100% cocoa butter cream also from wall mart... really cheap and proven to work it did it for me in less than two weeks..

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  24. Natural Rosacea treatments are not about adding items like creams and lotions to your daily routine, but rather eliminating items from it and take care of your face from dust and sunburn.

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  25. Shilpa9:01 AM

    Drink more water and avoid all alcohol & caffeine products (coffee, tea, pop, etc..) Alcohol & caffeine will actually dehydrate your skin. Water re-hydrates from the inside out. Drinking water helps to wash out the toxins in your body. As well, alcohol is generally a known trigger for most rosacea people.

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  26. Expert9:02 AM

    avoid extreme weather conditions as much as possible (hot, cold, windy...)
    avoid really hot things. Hot showers & hot tubs, hot drinks (the heat will dilate blood vessels causing more redness)
    avoid spicy foods, greasy foods, and foods with a high refined-sugar content. (these foods disrupt the natural digestive processes of the body)
    - eat foods high in anti-oxidants; such as blueberries, cranberries, purple grapes, broccoli, etc..

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  27. Bhargavi9:03 AM

    Try to cut down on excessive stress in your life. Stress can be a trigger and can easily magnify a multitude of conditions and their symptoms.

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  28. Licorice is one rosacea natural remedy that has gained popularity recently.

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  29. Green tea oils contain ant carcinogenic properties and noninflammatory and antioxidant capabilities. When used it is a rosacea natural remedy

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  30. Feverfew is another rosacea natural remedy

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  31. Health Expert2:50 PM

    If possible, go on liquid diet for some days but only after proper guidance from a dietitian. Liquid diet not only returns the shine and glamor to your skin, but also helps you lose weight.

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