Even though we know the skin is just a billboard telling us what’s going on inside the body, it’s good to be reminded of it every now and then. We can easily fall into the trap of clever marketing companies trying to sell us lotions and potions, when this barely scratches the surface of the real problem, and can even make it worse in some cases.
So what does acne rosacea tell us?
In 2008 a study was done where 113 acne rosacea patients were recruited and breath tested for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). The results were as follows:
- 46%of rosacea subjects had SIBO
- 0.05% of controls had SIBO
This clearly demonstrates a link between gut health and the skin. The subjects were given treatment for the bacterial overgrowth and the acne lesions improved with results maintained for at least 9 months.
Helicobacter pylori which is commonly diagnosed as the cause of peptic ulcers, has also been linked to acne. It releases nitric oxide which makes the blood vessels dilate, increases blood flow and inflammation, resulting in the characteristic redness of rosacea. When the Helicobacter pylori overgrowth was eradicated, symptoms improved by 96%!
What can you use to treat SIBO and Helicobacter pylori? Lactoferrin, turmeric, oregano oil and phellodendron are some treatments that have been very successful in eradicating bacterial overgrowth. It is still advisable to see your health care practitioner who can make your treatment more specific with greater chance of success.