Why are you blushing? Did you get too much sun?

Ugh – some people have no idea how how debilitating rosacea can be.

Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that primarily affects young and middle-aged women with fair skin.

What causes skin inflammation?

A functional medicine approach to skin conditions like rosacea is crucial, considering the disease has been linked to gut disorders such as Helicobacter pylori infection or small intestine bacterial overgrowth (1). 

The existence of an altered gut microbiota in patients with rosacea shows that the gut-skin connection exists and an inside-out approach should be a target for treatment. 

The gut is also directly involved in systemic immune regulation and chronic inflammation. Patients with rosacea also have a dysregulated immune response. This is where we need to consider your immune type (Th1, Th2 or Th17?), as this is a fundamental piece to solving the rosacea puzzle.

  1. Moreno‐Arrones, O.M. & Ortega-Quijano, Daniel & Perez-Brocal, Vicente & Fernandez-Nieto, Diego & Jimenez, N. & Heras, E. & Moya, Andrés & Perez‐Garcia, B.. (2021). Dysbiotic gut microbiota in inflammatory rosacea patients: another clue towards the existence of a brain‐gut‐skin axis. British Journal of Dermatology. 185. 10.1111/bjd.20411.

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