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HEALTH: Rosacea - the curse of the Celts

Rosacea – the curse of the Celts Rosacea – the curse of the Celts


Skin Specialist
Bernie Fahy

ROSACEA is a chronic skin condition usually manifesting as redness of the facial area and is unfortunately endemic in the Celtic skin. So much so, it has been nicknamed ‘The Curse of the Celts’!
This skin condition affects both men and women, usually between the ages of 30 and 60. It usually begins as redness on the central face across the cheeks, nose or forehead. In some cases it can affect the neck, chest and ears, even the scalp. Extreme symptoms can present as red gritty eyes and even a reddened bulbous nose (WC Fields being a prime example.)
The main causes are environmental, bacterial and physical (internal inflammation.)
Stress and anxiety, a common part of modern life, can trigger onset and influence the severity and duration of this condition.
There is no single specific test for Rosacea. In many cases, simple visual inspection by a trained skin specialist is sufficient for diagnosis.
A diary can be kept to monitor your condition to identify and reduce your own personal triggers. Avoiding excessive exposure to the sun is widely recommended – a sun hat is a simple tool for protection on those rare blissful days on Ireland’s western shores. Try not to make exercise too strenuous; take it slowly to avoid flushing episodes. Heat exposure, alcohol, caffeine, spicy foods and chillies can also exacerbate symptoms, so best be avoided as much as possible.
This unfortunate condition may be hereditary, and more women than men are usually affected. Another theory holds it can be activated neurologically by sensitive neurons producing dermal stimulation causing flushing and Rosacea onset. Steroids can also trigger Rosacea.
Drugs are often prescribed for this condition, which will go hand in hand with side effects unfortunately. However, a natural alternative way of managing Rosacea is offered locally by myself at clinics in Ballinrobe, Galway and Westport.
During a consultation, a skin specialist will analyse the severity of the complaint and give advice as to changes in diet and recommendations for supplements to instigate the body’s natural metabolism to ease symptoms and work from within.
For anyone who feels that they suffer from this condition, I would recommend they introduce blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, cherries, raspberries, buckwheat and buckwheat tea into their diet.
Supplements could include vitamin B complex and vitamin C, as well as  hydrochloric acid tablets and pancreatic extract. It is important to consult with a skin specialist about supplements, however, so that your  own personal needs are catered to.
I also offer a soothing treatment incorporating Rosacea Calm Cream, a natural remedy by Dr Schrammek. This tried and tested treatment relieves and calms acne rosacia within three days.
Acne Rosacea is one of the most common and stressful skin problems in this country. Sufferers often spend their time trying to disguise redness. Feeling hot and itchy irritates their very psyche and feeling of wellbeing. However, rosacea is treatable and manageable without need to turn to antibiotics, which can have unwanted side-effects.
With expert analysis and a personalised programme to suit each individual case, the future is bright. Sufferers need to know that there is hope and that this ‘Celtic Curse’ of our Irish skins can be dealt with completely confidentially and effectively. Take the time to visit a specialist, treat the condition and beat the rosacea blues (or reds!) once and for all.


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