Rosacea Your Self-help Guide

Price: $27.95

AUTHOR:  A. Brownstein, M.S., N.D. & D. Shoemaker, C.N.

TITLE:  Rosacea Your Self-help Guide

PUBLISHER:  New Harbinger

YEAR:  2001

ISBN:  9781572242241


Dr. Arlen Brownstein had beautiful skin. In part, it was because she hated being in the sun so she avoided it whenever possible. No wrinkles or leathery skin for her! As far as she was concerned, she was destined to look young and lovely forever.

Then she hit her forties and rosacea struck.

Brownstein is a naturopathic physician. Before she realized she had rosacea, she worried that her symptoms indicated lupus or some fatal disease. When, at last, she got tested and found out it was rosacea--hardly life-threatening but nonetheless a threat to her lifestyle--she began looking for natural ways to treat it. She found little and thus started on a quest that would eventually result in the book Rosacea: Your Self-Help Guide, which she co-authored with Donna Shoemaker.

The book begins with short chapters on what rosacea is and what causes it. Actually, no one knows what causes it, so the authors lay to rest the outmoded fiction that too much alcohol is the culprit. (It can, however, trigger symptoms in many people.) They mention some of the risk factors such as age (40-60) and genetic links that make it more likely a person will get rosacea.

They do an excellent job of explaining the medical terms, such as rhinophymatelangiectasia (dilated tiny blood vessels that show up on the skin as thin red lines), that rosacea sufferers hear about frequently. (thickening of the nose) 

Next, the authors describe the various treatments available for rosacea. They mention antibiotics such as tetracycline and ointments and creams containing metronidazole that doctors typically prescribe.

They add that there are options in naturopathic, homeopathic and Chinese medicine and they describe what you'll experience if you visit a practitioner in each of these alternative medical fields. Even more useful are their descriptions of some of the do-it-yourself treatments that people have found helpful: zinc oxide ointment, washing your face with chamomile tea (which is supposed to have anti-inflammatory properties), and swallowing borage oil capsules and using methylsulfonyl-methane (MSM) eye drops to ease optical rosacea--to name a few.