Rosacea Cause & Cure


The cause of rosacea is an acidic body which affects the cure. The below recommendations about rosacea will provide the information for the cause and cure of rosacea. We frequently hear that rosacea is an inherited condition or that there is a genetic marker for this condition. There is a reason why this reasoning prevails as you will learn which you can implement and easily prove to yourself.

As we study in depth not only the fundamental rosacea symptoms but look at the whole health picture of each rosacea patient. We come to recognize that rosacea is not just a red face; rosacea is just one visible symptom of a much larger medical condition. Review your own medical history – many rosacea patients experience other medical conditions or experience an increase in the severity of their rosacea symptoms when other medical conditions are present of flare. some of the more common conditions one might experience would include sinus infections or problems, allergies, inflammatory conditions such as gallstones, Crohn’s disease,  Stomach Ulcers or other digestive system conditions, fibromyalgia, rheumatism, arthritis, osteoporosis or other skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema. These are all part of an immune system malfunction called metabolic acidosis. Metabolic acidosis certainly affects our brains as ‘everything begins and ends in our brains’ as our brains controls all aspects of our body including our psychological and emotional feelings of our rosacea.

Just as we all possess a unique set of fingerprints, our facial and skin markers are also unique. Even within the same family children may look similar but each has slightly different facial features, slightly different skin tone, hair color, eye color. These differences extend beyond the visual to our internal organs; even our brains and beliefs are all slightly different. Even as children, one might be aware that their skin flushes more easily than other children. We often assume by this that rosacea is a genetic condition and think that because other family members have rosacea that we are pre-destined to have rosacea also. There may in fact be some genetic traits that make one more susceptible to rosacea but there are also learned traits or habits that affect one’s pre-disposition to rosacea and other immune system conditions.

To understand this better it can be helpful to explore how and where the various parts of the digestive system interact with skin conditions such as rosacea, psoriasis or eczema. Consider the illustration below:

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Diagram of stomach, liver, bile duct, and pancreas

It would be ideal if the kidneys, pancreas, gall bladder and liver were performing at optimum level in each one of us. For the purpose of this discussion we will only address the function of the pancreas which is the primary organ affecting rosacea. The pancreas serves two purposes:

The First purpose of the pancreas is the manufacture of a bile by-product consisting of sodium bicarbonate. This bile has a very high pH level which mixing with the food ingested after it has passed through the stomach and into the small intestines. This neutralizes a very acidic enzyme in the stomach to aid in the breakdown and digestion of the foods which have been consumed. We can assist the body in this digestive process, by thoroughly and completely chewing our food, and allowing it to mix with the saliva in your mouth to further enhance the breakdown of the food. Through this first step in the digestive process, you can enjoy your foods as the sodium bicarbonate based pancreatic bile enters the intestines through a duct located just below the stomach. The bile  neutralizes the more acidic foods and beverages as they pass through the stomach to aid in the prevention of  intestinal problems and conditions including necrotizing intestines, Crohn’s disease,  irritated bowel syndrome, cancer, rosacea, psoriasis, and eczema.

The Second function of the pancreas is the production of insulin. Insulin is an enzyme produced by the pancreas with a high alkalinity and thus a high pH. Both these enzymes are important factors in controlling rosacea, our overall skin health, and necessary for good overall physical health. It is conceivable that you can control, manage, improve or even prevent rosacea, diabetes and intestinal irregularities through the consumption of the proper foods and drinks.

TestConsuming fruit, vegetables and water is the best way to improving your health and solving your rosacea problems. So why does the pancreas function more efficiently in some people than in others? The more alkaline you food intake, the more concentrated the bile produced becomes. We can improve the effectiveness of pancreatic function through the foods we consume. Acidic foods and beverages do not produce the same high level of alkaline bile. This is why you may notice more facial flushing and skin redness after eating foods or beverages of a more acidic nature. To maintain a healthy rosacea skin appearance , brain functioning without stress as well as all healthy vital organs, your complete body should be more alkaline. The blood requires an alkalinity pH in the range of 7.35 and 7.42, in order for the body to function properly in the regeneration of new cells for the skin and all other all body organs. Consuming processed meats, pizza, coffee and red wine can result in facial skin redness due to the high acidic nature of these foods.

An increase in lactic acid resulting from over-exercising, or adrenaline related anxiety or stress can also create or raise the acidity level of the blood with the first noticeable sign being facial flushing. Metabolic Acidosis occurs when the blood becomes too acidic. A red, flushed facial appearance is a warning sign that the blood has reached an unhealthy high acidic level. The facial symptoms of rosacea are a warning signal that the body is in stress from acidosis. When the body is under stress, it affects brain function. Proper cellular regeneration can only occur when the body is in an alkaline state.

It has been stated many times over the years that there is more to rosacea than just a red face. As the body blood and all body organs are acidic, ‘Metabolic Acidosis affects all body organs and systems and results in a complex cause and effect process of actions and for each action an opposite but not always equal reaction. The potential of hydrogen or pH ranges from a low acidic level of 0 to a high alkaline level of 14 with 7 being the neutral range. As you review your rosacea triggers, one thing becomes evident, all your rosacea symptoms have resulted from an ‘acidic catalyst’. The range of acidic catalyst or triggers include drinks, foods, mental or physical stress, and shortness of breath resulting from the inability to take in adequate alkaline levels of oxygen and a lack of ability to exhale enough acidic carbon dioxide. This effect is evident when we hold our breath and feel our face flushing and turning red. During periods of intense or extended periods of exercise, the body creates acidic lactic as it burns off fat and muscle tissue resulting in additional facial flushing and skin redness.

A good example is the Red Man Syndrome which is a reaction to the powerful last line of defense antibiotics such as Vancomycin. The acidic reaction causes much of the skin to turn red, flushed or dark pinkish in tone. This example further demonstrates the acidic effects of foods, beverages and medications on the skin. Rosacea whose primary is a red, flushed facial appearance is also an acidic reaction to our surrounding environment.

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High pH water can help improve Rosacea symptoms

A very easy method of buffering some of these acidic factors is quite simply to drink more water. For optimum results, check the alkalinity of your water. Water should be in the pH range of 7.3. You might notice some variations due to chemical treatments at water purifying stations, well water or preservatives that may be added to bottled waters. So it’s always best not to assume all water is the same and check the pH of your source. For your convenience we have provide some tips on ways to increase the pH of your drinking water should you find that yours in not at this optimum level.

When experiencing the symptoms of rosacea flushing and redness, foods, beverages, environmental surroundings and medications all combine to create an accumulation of acid in the blood stream. The objective to controlling your triggers is to balance the acidic exposure by neutralizing or purifying the body of the acidic catalysts through a more alkaline based diet.

Acidity is measured as a pH of 1 to 7. Alkalinity is 7 to 14.The numbers refer to how many hydrogen atoms are present compared to an ideal or standard solution. Normally, our body’s blood is slightly alkaline, at 7.35 to 7.45 pH. We don’t wish to be taking blood samples to stay on track, so our urine pH is the best and easiest way to check on the proper foods and drinks being consumed. Try to keep your urine pH in the 6.6 to 6.8 pH (as it is obviously a waste product) and it will be much lower than our blood pH. The normal person can feel better and be more functional in thinking and doing normal physical exercise when their blood pH is proper or balanced. Otherwise, the rosacea patient is stressed and fatigued very often and being ‘hyper’ is not always producing good work especially when in the presence of other co-workers or family members.

The pH scale ranges from 1 to 14. The numbers indicate the p-potential of H-hydrogen atoms present in a compound when compared to a baseline or ideal solution. The acidic range represents the lower end of the scale being one to seven and the alkaline range is higher end of the scale at seven to fourteen. This gives you a baseline of 7.0. You achieve a balance by buffering foods in the acidic range by consuming foods in the higher alkaline range. The easiest way to verify if you are achieving this balance is to monitor your urine pH. Your urine as a waste product should be slightly acidic with a pH 6.6 to 6.8. Optimal body and brain function are achieved the closer you are to this range in the scale. The normal person can feel better and be more functional in thinking and doing normal physical exercise when their blood pH is proper or balanced. Otherwise, the rosacea patient is stressed and fatigued very often and being ‘hyper’ is not always producing good work especially when in the presence of other co-workers or family members.

Water with its pH of 7.1 to 7.3 is ideally suited to act as a buffering and balancing method of adjustment. Water helps to flush acidic toxins and waste products from the body. To counter act and balance the acidic effects of environmental factors and daily stress, balance your body with a diet of 90% of the foods and beverages you consume in the more alkaline range and try to limit your acidic dietary intake to 10%.

To ensure the pH balance of 7.35 to 7.42, the body employs a variety of different buffer systems. Throughout the course of the day, foods, activities, stress and hormones form acidic waste by-products which the body neutralizes and eliminates. We expel some acidic waste each time we exhale as the acidic waste is converted to carbon dioxide and released back into the air. We also expel acidic waste through urination and excrement. Foods and beverages in the lower end of the pH scale- 1 to 7 produce more carbon dioxide, while the foods and beverages in the more alkaline range of 7 to 14 produce more oxygen. If we consume more acidic foods than the body can easily buffer and expel, the body reacts in the form of higher levels of stress hormones, a lower immune response and skin redness or flushing. Illness, medication, and fatigue all contribute to create a more acidic environment putting more strain on the body to neutralize or buffer the effects.

The infomercials for dietary products often talk about cortisol, a natural hormone produced in the adrenal cortex. At optimum performance our body should produce about 10 mg of cortisol a day. You often hear about the effects of too much cortisol causing increased belly fat, but it also affects the immune system, digestive system, cardiovascular system, musculoskeletal system resulting in arthritis – rheumatism and osteoporosis. Cortisol, a natural anti-inflammatory hormone, peaks early in the morning which is why your skin often appears less flushed early in the day.

The terms for acidic accumulations vary based on their location in the body. Acidic accumulations in the mouth present in visible plaque in the teeth. Cholesterol is a plaque buildup in the arteries. In the smaller blood vessels of the face, the buildup of plaque in the blood will display as facial redness. Acid in the form of excess body fat will concentrate in acidic fat accumulations on the hips, bottom, thighs and stomach. All these conditions are a form of Metabolic Acidosis. The occurrence of gall stones or kidney stones are caused when the accumulation of anti-oxidant minerals react to an excess of acid, the acid having an oxidant effect in the body. In an overlay acidic environment, the minerals go through an osmosis process and accumulate in the kidneys and gall bladder. The very physical discomfort you experience when this occurs is the body trying to dispose of the excess accumulation.

microscopic mites

Microscopic Mites

It has been said that every action is followed by an equal and opposite reaction. Such is the case with Demodex Mites. Demodex mites live on all human skin along with thousands of other bacteria and germs. Our bodies are literally a host for bacterial growth. When the skin or body become too acidic, you upset the balance that keep the numbers of demodex and other bacteria in check allowing them to proliferate and multiply out of control. This is why some researchers have suggested that rosacea may be the result of Demodex mites. Once you bring the skin and body back into pH balance, the demodex and other bacteria will return to their normal and for us healthy numbers.

The pH scale is a logarithmic process – an acidic pH of 3.0 is ten times more acidic than a pH of 4.0. a pH of 7.0 is neutral and from there the scale rise with a pH of 8.0 being ten times more alkaline than the neutral pH of 7.0. Achieving an alkaline/acidic balance is a process of balancing the more acidic foods or beverages with an equally higher alkaline food or beverage. In this way the more alkaline will cancel out of neutralize the more acidic. Our Rosacea Diet page supplies you a basic list of some of the common acidic and alkaline foods and beverages to give you a good base to start in your journey to learning to manage the acidic/ alkaline balance.

Our Research team with a combined total of 83 years of Dermatology and Rosacea Treatment and Research confirm that all causes of rosacea can be traced back to immune system malfunction. Rosacea Triggers are a created sensitivity resulting from the immune system not performing at its peak levels. For the immune system to perform properly one must achieve a balanced neutral pH.

To determine your pH, you may wish to purchase pH strips to test foods and or your urine to help monitor acidic levels. These can be found at many local pharmacies or purchased online at pHion Balance. Urine output should be slightly acidic in the 6.6 to 6.8 pH range as your waste by-products should be more acidic than the body. If this pH is considerably lower than this it is an indication that the body has to work harder as you are more acidic.

Water is the most important medication in your health arsenal. Just as it will wear down and dissolve rocks in a running river, water filters, dissolves and neutralizes the acidic buildup of fatty acids and cholesterol in the body. Water is vital to life and cellular regeneration. The chemical analysis of water is H2O, indicating that the water molecule contains one atom of oxygen and two atoms of hydrogen. Hydrogen is the binding agent that forms with other cells to hold or bind together other cells in the body to form blood cells, to brain cells to skin cells.