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Rosacea: Treating your skin flare ups naturally

Summer is just around the corner, and with it means glowing skin and enjoying the sunshine. If you suffer from acne rosacea, warm weather can worsen the inflammation on your skin and highlight the appearance of broken blood vessels, which causes rosacea.

Rosacea is treated medically using antibiotic creams or oral antibiotics, only to mask the underlying condition.

My approach to treating rosacea is to address the cause of the condition. Rosacea stems from a combination of 3 things: low digestive enzymes and poor digestion; food sensitivities, and hormonal imbalances.

Stress, poor food choices, drinking lots of fluid with your meals, and even hypothyroidism create an environment where food is not properly digested. The poorly digested food travels through the barrier of the digestive tract, into the bloodstream, and forms antibodies. Antibodies create an immune complex with antigens, and the immune complexes deposit on the skin, creating inflammation.

Another common cause of rosacea is estrogen dominance. Women may have an imbalance between estrogen and progesterone, creating other symptoms such as poor sleep, anxiety, depression, fibrocystic breasts, and heavy bleeding. There appears to be a strong correlation to the development of rosacea in perimenopause, a time when hormones are shifting.

The good news is that rosacea can be treated very effectively with simple diet changes and key supplements to improve digestion, reduce inflammation, and balance hormones. I offer both food sensitivity testing, as well as hormone testing, to determine the cause of your rosacea and treat it effectively.


Dr. Cathryn Coe, ND is the owner of Marine Drive Naturopathic Clinic. Dermatology has been a key part of her practice, for the past 11 years.