Dermatologists usually recommend
antibiotics like tetracycline for treating rosacea and acne, but the results greatly vary,
often with little or no effect at all since they are not formulated to get rid of this
parasite. After 30 years of research on over 900,000 patients worldwide, this team of the
doctors discovered that the use of seabuckthorn oil combined with other ingredients and
applied externally to the affected areas can kill the human demodex parasite and restore
the skin to its natural beauty. The results, as reported by patients and doctors
worldwide, are amazing and achieved within days after starting the treatment. Also people
with normal skin should be aware that they could further enhance it by diminishing their
count of human demodex
(PRWEB) February 16, 2004--One of the
most common yet often over diagnosed facial rashes is rosacea, a chronic, relapsing and
potentially life-disruptive disorder of the facial skin that affects an estimated 14
million Americans. Many patients come to the clinic with redness on the cheeks, nose, chin
or forehead that may come and go. The disease is more frequently diagnosed in women, but
more severe symptoms tend to be seen in men.
Facial burning, stinging and itching are
commonly reported by many rosacea patients. Certain rosacea sufferers may also experience
some swelling (edema) in the face that may become noticeable as early as the initial stage
of the disease. It is also believed that in some patients this swelling process may
contribute to the development of excess tissue on the nose (rhinophyma), the condition
that gave the late comedian W.C. Fields his trademark nose.
It is often thought that fair-skinned
patients who tend to flush or blush easily are believed to be at greatest risk, while in
fact facial redness from rosacea is simply more obvious in lighter skin. A normal blush or
sunburn may appear the same, as can flushing from medications such as niacin or some
antihypertension drugs. Flushing occurs when a large amount of blood flows through vessels
quickly and the vessels expand under the skin to handle the flow. However, people with
extensive sun damage, certain skin types and even treated rosacea patients can still have
a red face or blood vessel streaks, which is often misdiagnosed as active rosacea. This is
because visible blood vessels (telangiectasia) not only develop with rosacea (or were
likely always there), but there may be some residual persistence of redness from the
dilation of blood vessels during active disease.
Unfortunately these patients continue
their medications unnecessarily while more appropriate treatments include camouflage
makeup, sunscreens, a vascular laser, or intense pulsed light source.
Unlike some conditions, there are no
histological, serological or other diagnostic tests for rosacea. A thorough examination of
signs (appearance of bumps or pimples) and symptoms (redness, flushing, and swelling,
burning, itching or stinging) as well as a medical history of potential triggers lead to
the diagnosis. The National Rosacea Society suggests that the most common triggers of
rosacea were sun exposure, emotional stress, hot or cold weather, wind, alcohol, spicy
foods, heavy exercise, hot baths, heated beverages and certain skin-care products. In
other words, almost anything that is potentially stimulating is bad news for rosacea.
Unfortunately for some, certain conditions such as lupus, seborrheic dermatitis, drug
eruptions, and even rare forms of lymphoma can look just like rosacea and are often missed
by the untrained eye or worse when the patients are diagnosing themselves.
Rosacea is not an infectious disease, and
there is no evidence that it can be spread by contact with the skin or through inhaling
airborne bacteria. However, there has long been a theory that parasites in the hair
follicles or oil glands or the face can stimulate inflammation by their activity or even
their presence. One such organism is the Demodex folliculorum mite, which studies have
shown to be more prevalent and active in rosacea patients then in control groups. Early
vascular and connective tissue changes probably create a favorable setting for a growth of
Demodex folliculorum. This may represent an important cofactor especially in
papulopustular rosacea, in which a delayed hypersensitivity reaction is suspected, but it
is not the cause of rosacea. On the other hand, clearing rosacea signs after oral
tetracycline or sulfur ointment may not affect the resident demodex population.
The incidence of demodex is age related.
It was found up to 20 years in about 25%, up to 50 years in about 30%, up to 80 years in
about 50% and in all aged 90 or older. In healthy persons, one can find one or more
Demodex in every tenth eyelash. This index rise with increasing age. In blepharitis or
other external eye diseases, demodex is found in about every sixth eyelash. Therapy of
chronic blepharitis in association with demodex may include antibiotics, steroids,
Quecksilber 2% or Lindane. Massage of lid margins is essential because local treatment is
of no effect as long as the mite remains deep in the pilosebaceous complex.
As rosacea is characterized by flare-ups
and remissions, and research has shown that long-term medical therapy significantly
increased the rate of remission in rosacea patients, it behooves patients to use a
maintenance regimen. In a six-month multicenter clinical study, 42 percent of those not
using medication had relapsed, compared to 23 percent of those who continued to apply a
Therefore, treatment between flare-ups
can prevent them. A rosacea facial care routine often starts with a gentle a refreshing
cleansing of the face each morning. Sufferers should use a mild soap or cleanser that is
not grainy or abrasive, and spread it with their fingertips. A soft pad or washcloth can
also be used, but avoid rough washcloths, loofahs, brushes or sponges. The face should be
rinsed with lukewarm water several times and blot dry with a thick cotton towel.
A new treatment available is seabuckthorn
oil (Hippophae rhamnoides), which is the active ingredient in FACEDOCTOR soap. Its
activity is targeted against the mite to reduce the inflammation under the skin and
therefore provide relief of the mechanisms that cause the rosacea complex of symptoms. The
advantage that patients find with the soap is the elegance of the cleansing vehicle in
otherwise sensitive skin, the presence of Vitamin E and aloe Vera which provide additional
healing properties, and other active ingredients such as astragalus membraceus and
spirodela polyrhiza, useful yeasts that augment the activity of the seabuckthorn oil.
My patients have found this to be well
tolerated and useful either as monotherapy or in addition to their other topical and/or
systemic medications. We conducted a small placebo-controlled double-blind study in the
office which showed that the majority of patients had a reduction of symptomatic erythema
as well as reduction of response to triggers.
In conclusion, this study has
demonstrated the Face Doctor line of soaps to be an effective natural weapon against the
parasite and therefore the disease.
Neal Bhatia, M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology
UCSD School of Medicine