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    Just something I have wondered for a few years, all through my teenage years I suffered with Acne and I tried every facewash under the sun, clearasil, nutregena, etc. I was also constantly on different anti biotics during these years for my acne, and latterly was on roaccutane - which did make my skin quite significantly redder.

    I found the sun helped my skin when I was younger, in terms of it basically dried out all my spots. So over these years, I was a bit of a sun worshipper - however I always wore suncream and never got burnt.

    Rosacea appeared for me, I think when I was around 24/25 and has worsened gradually since (I'm now 29 - nearly 30!).

    I just wondered if there was any evidence that by using harsh chemicals on my face, combined with a constant flow on anti-biotics and sun exposure over the years could actually have caused my rosacea?

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    I think you will receive varying opinions on this.
    I believe that we are predisposed to rosacea genetically but that something(s) happens that can turn that switch on for us at a later date and that is when it manifests. Harsh chemicals, sun, etc can all be predisposing factors but not the direct cause IMO. Because other people can worship the sun and treat their skin whatever way they want and never have a problem so that is why I believe we have an underlying genetic factor.

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    I suppose you are right. Lots of my male friends think I'm some sort of freak for washing my face morning and night, but if I didn't my skin would be 10 times worse. Some people don't have to do anything to have nice skin, just luck of the draw I guess

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    Yeah, I have to agree with Melissa on this.

    Personally, I'm sure I had the beginnings of rosacea in my mid teens (flushing / blushing at the slightest thing.... Girls caused my rosacea, lol! ) But I also had acne and tried out all the lotions and potions for that which i'm sure was starting to make my rosacea worse. I also went on high dose Roaccutane for the acne and this again may have made my rosacea worse (Low dose roaccutane was enough to put me in remission last time I was on it... Go figure!). The acne cleared up great and has never returned but I was left with red skin and some lumps and bumps which wouldn't clear. Turned out to be rosacea.

    In any case, i'm confident that all the things I used for my acne as a teen made it significantly worse though it was the flushing and blushing that kicked it off in the first place. I very, very rarely flush now. It seems i've grown out of it, though i'm now battling with the papules and pustules again.

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    Have just read this thread:

    http://rosaceagroup.org/The_Rosacea_...ight=dysbiosis

    I was wondering if you thought the excessive taking of anti-biotics could cause Rosacea?

    Following RealGone's link to Dysbiosis, it states:

    In small amounts the microbial colonies found on or in the body are benign or beneficial in most cases. These beneficial and appropriately sized microbial colonies carry out a series of helpful and necessary functions.

    These beneficial microbial colonies also compete with each other keeping one another in check so no specific microbial colony dominates.

    When this balance is disturbed, by such things as repeated and inappropriate antibiotic exposure, these colonies exhibit a decreased ability to check each other's growth. This can lead to an overgrowth of one or more of the disturbed colonies which then may damage some of the other smaller beneficial ones.


    Having just completed the questionnaire posted by RealGon/RealGone (Same person???):

    http://www.soulhealer.com/yeast.htm

    My score was off the charts - I am now totally convinced I have Dysbiosis ( Candida or Yeast overgrowth).

    Can a doctor do anything about this or would I need to go and see a Naturopath as RealGon suggested?

    I am seriously thinking of trying to get an appointment, as everything I have read on this now seems to just click into place for me. I would really appreciate your advise on this, as I am new and maybe a little naive when it comes to Rosacea and possible treatments/cures.

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    Whilst i think that when the body is out of balance our rosacea is worse I am not of the opinion that there is a direct cause an effect between yeast overgrowth and rosacea.

    My opinin is similar to that of Missy's. People that are predisposed to rosacea can help it along by exposing their skin to things like-the sun, harsh acne medications, etc. That is not to say that we are to blame for our own rosacea but rather that for some the general wear and tear of life can lead to unexpected problems.

    It might be that by restricting your diet and eliminating things like sugar you do indeed see an improvement in your skin and so you might decide that it worth controlling your diet. That is not to say that it is because the yeast gets under control but one of the other reasons that diet affects rosacea.

    Most people find that simple steps such as sticking to a moisturize that doesn't upset their skin, protecting themselves from the sun, avoiding washing in hot water,using prescription medications, etc is enough to get things under control.

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    I've seen so many lists of possible harmful/triggering foods over the past few days that my head is spinning! I guess it's best just to keep trying new things? One step at a time, as you can't try everything at once.

    Also wondered what you thought about getting an allergy test done to see if that could highlight what foods to avoid.

    Is it still ok to use warm water to wash your face? Mine just doesn't feel clean otherwise

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    Yes the whole diet thing is very confusing. I find it best to try to steer away from high sugar foods, tomatoes, cheese and anything spicy. I find that eating lots of fresh vegetables and fruit fine. I also try to drink lots of water.

    Warm water is fine, just not hot. I try to keep my shower water just warm aswell and avoid letting the shampoo wash off over my face.

    I am not sure about an allergy test. Do you mean a proper allergy test at the doctors/hospital where they mark you skin with known allergens. I differentiate this from the intolerance type tests that you can get down at various places.

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    In my educated opinion, YES. 10% BP is what started my rosacea, anti biotics exacerbated my skin problems. Sun exposure is healthy if you build up your sun exposure gradually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phlika29 View Post
    Yes the whole diet thing is very confusing. I find it best to try to steer away from high sugar foods, tomatoes, cheese and anything spicy. I find that eating lots of fresh vegetables and fruit fine. I also try to drink lots of water.

    Warm water is fine, just not hot. I try to keep my shower water just warm aswell and avoid letting the shampoo wash off over my face.

    I am not sure about an allergy test. Do you mean a proper allergy test at the doctors/hospital where they mark you skin with known allergens. I differentiate this from the intolerance type tests that you can get down at various places.
    It says allergy testing - it's a natural health clinic with various doctors who specialise in homepathy and things like that. It's about 60 or so.

    Is the other one better and easy enough to get done? Or will a doctor just say it's a waste of time?

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