I have had rosacea for about 20 years, and my father had it, too. We're very fair-skinned people with red hair, and the least bit of redness shows up like a planet on my face!
I have been a pharmacist for over 15 years, and I used to be very pro-medications. I never really believed that diet mattered too much as long as you ate low fat and exercised. I joked that we ought to add Prozac to the water to cheer people up.
Then I had cervical cancer, and I started doing a ton of research on my own about how to be healthier. It was a real eye-opener for me, and I felt empowered at a time in my life that was really rough.
A lot of what I learned is completely counter to what I learned in school and what doctors will tell you today. One thing I realized is that just because a doctor tells me something doesn't necessarily make it a God-given truth. They are human, too, and they are the products of modern medical training.
Modern medicine likes to ignore the contribution of nutrition and alternative medicine, but that's going to change. Nutrition is more important than any medication. Your food affects your skin quickly!
This is so true about your skin, too. Skin is a reflection of our general health. Think about it--rosacea usually flares up when you're eating the worst, sleeping the least, and stressed the most. All of those things promote inflammation in your body, so by eating to decrease inflammation, your skin will probably improve, too.
Now I am healthy and working to spread the word that you don't have to a prisoner of your body or your face! I love to write and I love to research things, so if you have a question, let me know and I'll try to dig up an answer.
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