The true cause of Rosacea has always been a mystery, and there were all sorts of theories, but it appears that a possible breakthrough has been made! UCSD Researchers have found the cause of Rosacea!!! This news story just broke a few days ago, so I haven’t heard yet about what other scientists and researchers have to say. Here is a quick quote from the above-mentioned UCSD site:
““It’s like having lots of gasoline…and a match,” said Gallo, principal investigator of the study which will be published in the August 5 online edition of Nature Medicine. In essence, the researchers found that over-production of two interactive inflammatory proteins results in excessive levels of a third protein that causes rosacea symptoms, “a trifecta of unfortunate factors in people with rosacea,” according to Gallo.”
While I don’t personally have Rosacea, several people I know do, and they have not been very successful at controlling it. They have been to several Dermatologists and have tried the various creams, and have watched what they ate, etc., but they still have visible signs of the affliction. Many people would come into the Medical Spa where I worked, and it was frustrating because we had few treatments we could offer them. Photo Facials were the main treatments we would recommend, and they work well to maintain the symptoms, but they don’t cure Rosacea. My ex also has Rosacea (well I think he does, but he never went to the Dermatologist, and I’m not an expert), so I subscribed to the National Rosacea Society newsletter for him so that I could keep updated on the research. I don’t see mention of the “news” on their site, so I’m curious to see their take on this discovery.
With this new knowledge, now we will just have to wait for better treatments to be developed to more successfully combat Rosacea! I truly am excited about this discovery, since I’ve been obsessing about Rosacea for several years now.