Red spots, a red rash, and swollen and painful lesions on the face;
cheeks, chin, sometimes forehead, eyelids, and nose.
In women it is sometimes called “menopausal
acne” as it may occur at the time of menopause.
is not normal to continue to have acne into the thirties; nevertheless, it does
occasionally occur. For such a person it is usually a part of what is called
“adult acne,” “menopausal acne,” or rosacea. Probably he or she has
become allergic to certain foods.
Remedies for Rosacea
Pine Tar Soap (only this brand). (Users
should test themselves for sensitivity to it.
One person broke out in a rash from head to toe when using it.)
If not sensitive, lather up at night and leave a heavy lather on the face
to dry overnight. Wash it off next
morning using more Grandpa’s. Rinse,
dry, and apply a thick
layer of Bag Balm immediately after rinsing.
Get this from a feed store and
insist on this name. Wear
the salve for at least an hour and preferably all morning; but even wearing it
10 minutes will help.
Check yourself for a food sensitivity.
This step is most important. Involved foods may be some you have eaten
all your life. See the appendix for
the Elimination and Challenge Diet and our book Food
Allergies Made Simple for more information on this subject.)
The diet is done by eliminating those foods we have found to be most
likely involved for a period of two to six weeks. As soon as the face clears up,
begin eating the foods that had been avoided, one at a time.
When a food causes the pimples to return, the person should make a list
of those foods so that he or she can omit them for at least one year to see if
the body heals itself. Response
to removing a certain food from the diet may not be instantaneous, but may
require some months.
Purchase all new face creams if there is any chance of a germ or skin
parasite (Demodex folliculorum has
been implicated in this disease) having been transferred to your lotions or
creams or makeup by your fingers. Rosacea
may be caused by a skin mite which lives in hair follicles.
The mites may be stimulated
by your reaction to your food sensitivities or other allergies.
The mites can be treated by using compresses of garlic; compresses of
grapefruit seed extract — diluted; compresses of golden seal powder or other
antibacterial, antifungal, or antiparasitic herbs.
Artemisia is one of the most effective anti-parasite herbs known.
A compress using this herb could be very helpful, or it may be taken by
“On The Spot” from the pharmacy made by Neutrogena is good for single
spots or particularly resistant pimples. A
tincture of cayenne may be made by putting two heaping tablespoons of red pepper
into a jar having a screw-top lid. Pour
about two ounces of rubbing alcohol onto the red pepper and swirl.
The alcohol can be used immediately, but does not develop its full
strength until after three weeks of setting on the red pepper.
Pour up the alcohol after three weeks and store it in a
dark bottle. The alcoholic
extract can be applied once an hour to a fever blister to promote healing.
The same tincture is good for many other skin lesions such as acne
rosacea, shingles, and herpes genitalis.
The best face cream for daytime use is Neutrogena
Hand Cream. It comes in a tub.
Only a small amount is needed as it is very concentrated.
Drink 10-12 glasses of water daily between meals, and no drinks with your
meals. Become a total
vegetarian—no meat, milk products (read labels), eggs or cheese.
Use no vinegar (read labels), nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, black or
peppers. Chew your food to a cream before swallowing (very important!).
Take small bites, chew thoroughly, eat slowly.
“Leaky gut” is now being implicated in this disease.
Drink two cups of fenugreek tea daily as a treatment for adult acne.
Never overeat; get plenty of exercise, sleep and bring all your health
habits up to par.
the period of most active growth, the oil glands of the skin go through an
extended period of development, along with other glands of the body.
In some young people, these glands become clogged, swollen, and inflamed.
They are prone to infection. The
following suggestions may be helpful:
Keep the hands clean, nails short, and never touch the face
except with a clean tissue. Most
people with acne have an unconscious habit of frequently touching the face, the
eyes, or the lips.
Keep hair clean by frequent shampooing.
Never allow hair to touch face or shoulders.
Have a daily shower.
Drink enough water to keep the urine almost colorless, as good hydration
keeps the secretions of the body more fluid.
Spread a thin film of lotion on face after careful washing of both hands
and face to prevent all dryness.
Be regular with mealtime, bedtime, arising time, planned water-drinking
time, personal hygiene, including a bowel movement, if possible, after each meal
(even if a cold water, single ear syringe enema must be taken to obtain it).
Regularity in all things is essential.
Practice good posture, deep breathing, and daily exercise out-of-doors
for one hour or more. Good
circulation to the face is important.
Leave off all animal products until the condition is under control.
Read labels to be sure. Milk
is especially harmful.
Do not mix too many foods in one meal or a chemical warfare will occur
inside you. Keep individual dishes
and menus simple.
Fast one day weekly unless you are already painfully thin.
Eat all meals at the same time daily, and nothing between meals.
Gas-forming foods should be used in small quantities and chewed well,
taking small bites. These include:
beans, corn, apples, raisins, bananas, prune juice, and apple juice.
Spend 30-45 minutes on a meal, chewing food to a cream before swallowing
it. Never overeat.
woman physician tells of her experience with rosacea.
We have had several patients who responded similarly.
began having pimples on my face just under my eyes in the soft tissue.
Gradually the pimples increased in number and in severity until they
covered my cheeks. Through the next
several months my cheeks and jaws became covered with pimples about down to the
edge of my nasal flanges. It was
about a year before it began to clear above but started moving downward to
involve my upper lip and outward toward my ears. As it moved downward, it seemed
to clear slightly above. I never
had any pimples on my forehead. But
after about another year it began to clear on my cheeks, still involved my upper
lip, and moved down onto my chin.
four years I continued to have pimples. During
this time I suspected I had some kind of food sensitivity, but everything I
tried led to a dead end. It never crossed my mind I might be allergic to bread.
Finally a physician friend suggested perhaps I might be allergic to
certain common foods, and upon her suggestion I did an Elimination and Challenge
Diet and discovered I was allergic to wheat, yeast, and cucumbers principally,
but also somewhat to honey, certain other grains, and some beans.
I had been a total vegetarian (no meat, milk, eggs, or cheese) for about
20 years, and did not have to test myself on those foods, but they are the
commonest to cause rosacea.
two weeks of leaving off wheat I had cleared of all pimples, but I still had a
red rash, more prominent after eating. It
was then that I eliminated all the gluten grains.
Within two more weeks the rash had disappeared.
For four years I avoided, except for rare accidents, all the foods to
which I was sensitive. Then, one
day I accidentally ate something with wheat and did not break out.
Before that, I could even take the small piece of unleavened bread at
communion at our church and would break out within an hour.
I was very hopeful when I did not break out to the accidental ingestion
of wheat, but dared not test myself again for an entire week.
At that time I took a small bite of bread.
No pimples. A week later I
ate half a slice. Again, no
pimples. For the last three years I
have been able to eat occasionally wheat and other gluten grains (barley, rye,
and oats) without getting either rash or pimples.
I am also able to eat yeast and cucumbers.
I am very careful not to eat them frequently, but on the days I do eat
wheat, I can eat a fairly normal amount.”
and gluten are not the only food items by any means that can provoke rosacea.
Try out all foods you eat frequently, beginning with the items on the
Elimination and Challenge Diet list, but continuing to less common causes if
your face does not clear up from the first items on the list.
and Challenge Food Sensitivity Diet
diet has a large list of foods which should be eliminated.
When the problem stops, you should add one food at a time every five to
seven days until the problem returns. At
that time you should begin making a careful list of all those foods causing your
problem and eliminate those from your diet.
Nuts (all kinds)
Cinnamon (irritating substances,
Legumes (beans, peas)
Beer (all alcoholic beverages)
Citrus fruits and juices
Corn (cornstarch, corn products)
Nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes,
eggplant, peppers, tobacco)
responsible for over 60% of all food allergies
zucchini, butternut, hubbard, summer)
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