Rosacea Fact!

Over 14 Million Americans suffer from Rosacea!

Click here is visit The National Rosacea Society!

Click here to view a list of triggers for Rosacea!

Rosacea affects about 3% of the population, usually fair-skinned women from ages 30 to 50, and causes redness and inflammation of the skin around the nose, cheeks and chin. And though there are several treatments for it we have never really known definitely the bacterial cause of the skin condition.

But a study by the National University of Ireland has found that rosacea may be triggered by bacteria that live in tiny mites called Demodex folliculorum that reside on everyone’s skin. In fact, the number of these mites living on the face increases with age and with skin damage (like after exposure to the sun). There just happens to be more of them living on the skin of rosacea patients.  These mites are found in the human hair follicles, normally found in greater numbers around the cheeks, nose, eyebrows, eyelashes, and forehead. They could also be found in other parts of the body such as arms, chest, and ears.

The bacteria that lives inside the mites has been found to produce molecules that provoke an immune reaction in rosacea patients, and since they live in the digestive tract of the mites, when they die, the bacteria actually release into the skin which causes inflammation.

Now that the likely trigger for roscea has been discovered a treatment of rosacea by targeting the bacteria or even finding ways to control the amount of Demodex mites on the face will help to better manage or eliminate rosacea.  Some pharmaceutical companies are already developing therapies to do this.

 

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