Our bodies give us so much information about what they need, but in our culture we are often not accustomed to looking or listening. Our eyes can’t see inside our bodies and look at our body systems and organs. And in many cases we actually don’t need complex machinery and medical techniques to have an idea of what’s going on inside. We have been given a permeable window to view our own health: our skin. It's time to look, listen, and honor how much our skin tells us about what we need, what we’re lacking, and how we can heal ourselves.
In this spirit, I like to start sharing with you what you can learn from and do about skin conditions. I'll be sharing a series of articles about various skin conditions and how to make them a thing of the past. I've suffered with many skin conditions from the time of a few months old, so I know the pain, embarrassment, and frustration that is associated. I've healed my skin conditions and want to share with you how you can too.
The first skin condition I’ll be talking about is Rosacea.
What is Rosacea?
Affecting more than 14 million people in North America, Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that usually causes one or more of the following:
- Red areas on the face
- Small, often red bumps on or around the nose, cheeks, forehead, and chin
- Telangiectasia – small blood vessels near the surface of the skin
- An increased tendency to blush or become flush with color
There are also two subtypes of rosacea – rhinophyma, which causes the nose to become red and bulbous, and ocular rosacea, which is characterized by a burning or gritty sensation in the eyes.
Why have topical treatments alone never healed my Rosacea completely?
All chronic skin conditions indicate that the internal organs are not properly processing nutrients and toxins. Anything that builds up in excess is pushed outward to the skin as a last resort for elimination. This dampens the skin’s ability to maintain a healthy, natural state, and often results in disorder. In Rosacea, the cause tends to be excess heat and toxins in the blood. While Rosacea is almost always “treated” topically, it is not a just a skin something that is happening on the surface of the skin. It expresses through the skin and shows up there, but it is the expression of something that is going on inside the body. To truly heal means to rectify the imbalance that is the root cause of the condition, which is internal and use topical treatments in conjunction with the internal treatments.
What can I do for my Rosacea?
Here are 10 steps to help you move towards healing:
1) Remove Irritating Foods
While having a healthy diet is essential (and it can be a challenge to make complete dietary changes), what I mean here specifically is to remove any foods from your diet that worsen your condition. Each food should be singled out and removed for a week or two while seeing whether or not the rosacea improves. If it does, try adding it back in and see if it makes things worse. If so, consider removing it from your diet completely, as it’s harmful to your digestive system and will only hamper your body’s ability to absorb nutrients. For Rosacea, you will particularly need to avoid the following food items: ALL foods that heat the body or are strong in flavor, like all peppers, spices, and even garlic and onions. Also avoid alcohol, sugar, processed foods, fried foods, artificial ingredients, meat, eggs, dairy, and caffeine. (I don’t recommend ever adding any processed foods, sugar, or artificial foods back into your diet, even if you find they do not significantly worsen your Rosacea.)
2) Support your Liver & Cleanse Your Blood
Eat liver and gallbladder supporting foods. Try starting each morning with a breakfast of light fruits, such as papaya, grapefruit, pears, apples, cherries, or similar. For later in the day, eat mostly vegetables, especially leafy greens, and raw nuts or raw seeds.
Again, throughout the day, be sure to avoid alcohol, coffee, dairy products, and sugar. Drink huge amounts of water.
The best herbs for blood cleansing are Burdock Root, Nettle Root, Dandelion Root, Yellow Dock Root, Red Clover, Nettle Leaf, Oregon Grape Root, Pau D’Arco, Chaparral. Take in tincture, capsule, or tea form. Dandelion leaf, Cilantro, Spinach, Parsley, Grasses (like Wheatgrass and Barley Grass), and any high chlorophyll foods are especially great foods to eat or make into juice for cleansing the blood.
Herbs to add into your diet that support liver cleansing are milk thistle, dandelion root, and burdock root.
Here's my proprietary Organic Herbal Tea Blend that will provide excellent liver support, detoxification, and helps to cleanse the blood.
3) Colon Health
Cleansing the Colon is also essential. When you have a skin condition, you need more than just lots of fiber to help clear out the congestion and toxins that are causing your skin condition. The best way to do this is with Colon Hydrotherapy. If you have never had Colon Hydrotherapy before, you may need regular sessions for a while in order to really "clear out." There are also herbs that can be taken for colon cleansing. My favorite safe, gentle, yet effective blend is Intestinal Movement Formula by Healthforce.
When you have skin conditions, one of the most important things you can do is to take plenty of probiotics daily for healthy intestinal flora. After cleansing or Colon Hydrotherapy, it’s also very important to repopulate your system with probiotics. The best sources are supplementation with multiple non-dairy strains of good bacteria, my personal favorite is Friendly Force. Also non-dairy Kefir - try Coconut Water Kefir, fully cultured Kombucha, or fermented sauerkraut and vegetables and great things to have as a regular part of your diet.
5) Take Digestive Enzymes
Since skin disorders are usually caused by lack of nutrient absorption, digestive enzymes can help change this by increasing the amount of nutrients that are absorbed from food. I like Digestion Enhancement Enzymes, they are the most effective enzymes I've used. Many people with rosacea don’t produce enough stomach acid and should take hydrochloric acid supplements (betaine hydrochloride) before or after a meal (just be sure to keep the dosage low enough that you don’t experience any discomfort). Pancreatic enzymes are also important to supplement with, as many people with rosacea have been shown to have a deficiency in pancreatic lipase. If you are one of the ones who are deficient in this enzyme, and you also experience indigestion, both your symptoms and your indigestion will likely improve.
6) Take B Vitamins
A common problem among those with rosacea is deficiency of B vitamins. While a B-Vitamin complex can be helpful, the best ways to administer B-vitamins are either as patches or sublingually. Both methods have significantly higher Vitamin B absorption rates than through the digestive system.
7) Take Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is often prescribed as a natural treatment for rosacea. It’s best to take in liquid form with water. Aside from being good for you body in all sorts of ways, it specifically helps with rosacea by restoring the proper balances of acid in the stomach and intestinal bacteria.
8) Take Natural Supplements, Herbs, and Foods
Other great things to include in your diet are: fresh Aloe Vera juice, Coconut Oil, Zinc and Selenium, and evening tea with soothing herbs like Chamomile and Rose Hips.
9) Do a Full-Body Detox
If your case of rosacea is more severe and simply won’t respond to any of the above, then a full body detox may be necessary to help. The most simple way to do this is with a juice fast and a colon cleanse (regular colon hydrotherapy or an herbal colon cleansing formula and enemas), accompanied by clays like Bentonite and Zeolite to help absorb and carry the toxins out. This will eliminate toxins and remove any congestion in the liver. It will also allow more efficient functioning of the digestive system and other organs.
10) Soothe and reduce inflammation on the skin
The best topical ingredients to apply to skin that’s inflamed from rosacea are activated oxygen and azulene!
Activated Oxygen or Ozone heals damaged tissues and speeds up healing time. It kills bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Fully ozonated oil stimulates the growth of new healthy skin cells and reduces inflammation.
I'm excited to introduce you to a revolutionary ozonated healing treatment balm for face and body that combines the power of ozone and potent essential oils. This pure and highly activated ozone balm was created with the most challenging skin conditions in mind.
After the Rain - Activated Oxygen Miracle Balm brings together the power of fully ozonated olive oil (ozonated for weeks) with the addition of anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, antihistamine, and analgesic essential oils. Azulene in Blue Cypress is a potent anti-inflammatory. An ideal treatment for Rosacea.
If you follow all of these steps, you should be well on your way to healing your rosacea from the inside out, and may find yourself free of something you always thought you simply had to live with.