Brain Cell Loss, Sleep Disorders and Rosacea

Researchers at the University of Toronto/Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center have found that as we age we suffer a loss of specific brain cells which account for sleep disorders, cognitive dysfunction, high blood pressure, rosacea, vascular diseases, psoriasis and eczema. This group of cells called ventrolateral preoptic nucleus (VLPO) are comprised of a small cluster of neurons located in the hypothalamus. As we age our body experiences a reduction in cell growth and recent research indicates that the reduction of the ventrolateral preoptic nucleus neurons has directly resulted in a disruption of sleep. These neurons are activated during our sleep process and emit the hormones, serotonin, adenosine, and Prostaglandin D2 to ensure restful sleep. As they emit these hormones they suppress the hormones norepinephrine and acetylcholine which stimulate the brain and are responsible for wakefulness and daytime alertness.

For the hypothalamus to perform at optimum levels, it requires adequate hydration. The brain is comprised of 80% water. Dehydration at any age can speed the aging process and reduce cellular regeneration and production. This is one reason why in the western culture with its faster paced society experiences more stress related medical conditions, and more instances of heart conditions, high blood pressure, gastric issues, skin disorders such as rosacea, psoriasis, and eczema, and diabetes.

As we dehydrate the body through lack of adequate water consumption, we accelerate the aging process, the skin loses elasticity and we experience a greater degree of facial redness and flushing often related to rosacea. Researchers at Rosacea-Ltd have found that increasing your water intake levels can greatly relieve many of the symptoms of rosacea including flushing, pimples and papules. When the skin becomes dehydrated, it produces more oil on the surface layer of the skin to enhance the protective outer layer of the skin barrier, when this happens, the increased oil production can lead to an increase in clogged pores and acne pimples. As we exfoliate in an attempt to remove the excess oil, we exacerbate the problem and stimulate the skin into an over production of oil. The more oil you try to remove with harsh chemical the more the skin tries to protect the outer barrier layers of the skin and the resulting process further irritates the skin causing an increase in sensitivity and skin redness.

The proper treatment must include a method of calming the skin and allowing it to heal. This can be accomplished by stopping all the treatments you have been using, let the recover from the onslaught of chemicals through a process of increased water consumption, cleansing the skin with a mild non-abrasive cleanser and following with a light application of jojoba oil applied twice a day for 5 to 10 days. One might think that applying oil to oily skin would be counter-productive but in fact the jojoba oil is very similar to the oils naturally produced by the skin and this process tricks the skin into thinking there is adequate oil already on the skin and it adjusts its own production of oil.