It has been said that Rosacea is not just a red face, and neither is it just a condition of the skin. Rosacea is just one part of an internal micro-organism condition. Our bodies are host to approximately ten bacterial cells to every human cell present in our body with the bacterial cells in our body numbering 100 trillion cells. The composition of our genes cells are 99.9 % foreign microbial organisms. It could be said that we each house our own bacterial eco-system. But you can’t blame the bacterial farm you house for your recent weight gain, in total all these bacterial cells and organisms comprise just three pounds of your total weight. Within each of us, our bacterial eco-system is responsible for how well or how poorly our immune system functions. Too much of either the flora or the fauna can have a huge impact on our susceptibility to disease, viral conditions, illness, autoimmune conditions such as celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis. Cardiovascular complications and diseases, all forms of cancer; nonalcoholic fatty liver disease; acid reflux; multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis are all affected by an imbalance of these micro-organisms. Skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, rosacea and acne are all triggered by this collection of bacteria and any imbalance in the bacterial gene pool affect the remission and flares of these conditions. Asthma and allergies are equally stimulated and controlled by our microbial farm of bacterial cells.
Just as climate change is affecting the world’s ecosystems, our own bacterial ecosystems are undergoing their own form of climate change. And this one is also caused by human interference. Use of antibiotics administered to use to fight infections, as well as those which we consume through the foods we consume which were administered to livestock to speed up their metabolism to hasten growth while keeping down the spread of disease due to the cramped quarters they are raised in, all end up in our bodies and these alien or foreign bacterial disrupt the balance of the bacteria our bodies are home to. This disrupts the normal function of our body causing the vast array of diseases and conditions.
Obesity and an acidic pH balance in our bodies also affect the health and function of the microbial bacteria we house. All the factors that can have a disruptive effect on the microbial ecosystem in our body are the same factors that act as triggers to stimulate a rosacea flare. The skin as the largest organ in our body is the first to show signs of strain and microbial imbalances. The symptoms of rosacea are one of the primary ways the body tells us that the proper balance and health of our microbial ecosystem is under attack.