Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that mainly affects the face. Many adults in the United States and around the world suffer from the symptoms of rosacea that affect their quality of life. There are four types of rosacea and the most commons types involves redness, inflammation and increased sensitivity of the face. Some people can develop pimples and confuse rosacea with acne.

Rosacea likely has multiple potential causes. Avoidance of ultraviolet radiation, heat, certain foods, emotional stress and certain creams can help to control rosacea. There are many natural therapies from diverse medical traditions that aim to treat the inflammation and/or triggers of rosacea. Is it possible that the addition of acupuncture, herbal medicine, stress relief tactics and diet can augment and perhaps even decrease the amount of medication needed to control rosacea? We've searched the world for experts to explain how their approaches can help people with rosacea.

Medical Perspectives

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Western

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition mainly of the face that results in facial redness, flushing, bumps and skin thickening. Rosacea affects mainly the central parts of the face such as the cheeks, chin, nose and sometimes the eyes. Rosacea is a fairly common disease, especially among Caucasians of northern European decent.[1-3] In Europe and in the United States it is estimated that at least one to two adults out of a hundred have rosacea.[1,4] Although it is typically seen in Caucasians and those with lighter skin color, it can also be seen in those with darker skin color.[5] The western approach is to reduce the inflammation of rosacea through the use of anti-inflammatory topical agents and systemic medications such as antibiotics and isotretinoin (in severe cases).

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Naturopathy

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that mainly affects the face.[1] Many adults in the United States and around the world suffer from the symptoms of rosacea that affect their quality of life.[1] Naturopathic doctors will work with their patient to understand the disease process in rosacea, identify and remove risk factors, and make lifestyle modifications by reducing stress, dietary modifications, and supporting the microbiome through a fiber-rich diet.

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Traditional Chinese

In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), rosacea is known as jiu zha bi (酒渣鼻) or “drinker’s nose” and bi chi () or “red nose.”[1] It is attributed to excess heat, fire, and Qi and blood stasis in the lung system and network vessels which open into the nose. Less commonly, rosacea may also be caused by the invasion of external wind and cold which can hinder the movement of Qi and blood.[1,2]

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