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is a disease that has been hiding in plain sight. Over 16 million Americans are affected, yet many more are undiagnosed, and the details of its pathophysiology are not very well understood or studied. Various factors are implicated (but far from substantiated) as triggers. New research sheds light on the possible role of vitamin D in the treatment of rosacea.
Despite the burgeoning research on the link between vitamin D and immune system activity, therapeutic serum levels of vitamin D have not yet been established. In addition, many factors can affect vitamin D conversion, absorption, and utilization. They include:
-Use of pharmaceutical drugs
-Inadequate fat intake/inability to digest fats
-High, chronic stress levels
-Genetic variation in the vitamin D receptor (VDR)**
The Vitamin D Research Council recommends that serum levels should fall between 50-80 ng/ml all year round in order to get vitamin D’s full effects. However, with all the variables surrounding the metabolism of vitamin D and the dearth of scientific studies regarding the optimal dosage for rosacea, the best approach is to carefully monitor serum levels and symptoms.
Author’s note: Vitamin D should be an adjunct to a functional approach to restoring balance back to the body’s immune system and taming inflammation. In order to effectively battle inflammatory based conditions, one must first recognize and eliminate food allergies/sensitivities, heal the intestinal tract, repair/build intestinal flora, reduce stress, stabilize blood sugar issues, and make intelligent use of targeted supplements.
* Other symptoms that can accompany the disease are flushing and blushing in the middle third of the face, papules/pustules (acne), redness in the eyes, stinging sensations, and enlargement of the nose.
Rosacea is a condition that is driven by inflammation. Inflammation, from various sources causes abnormal vascularization, vasodilatation, improper skin repair, and othersymptoms associated with the disorder.*
Therefore, identifying and avoiding triggers, reducing the severity of episodes, and stopping the progression of inflammation are the most important factors of a multi-pronged approach for treating this complex disorder.
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