A skin condition that looks a lot like acne, Rosacea, leads to a chronic inflammation primarily affecting the face. This condition almost only affects adults. Symptoms include pustules (small reddish bumps in the skin that are filled with pus). Also common symptoms include spider veins in the face. The chin, cheeks, and the nose are that parts of the face specifically affected.

Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture address rosacea by eliminating pustules, decreasing redness, and soothing inflammation. Chinese medicine practitioners treat rosacea with herbal washes (topical herbal treatments), internal herbal formulas, and acupuncture. One other way practitioners address rosacea is by altering the diet of the patient to help resolve inflammation.

Like acne, rosacea, solely strikes the face, the part of your body that cannot be hidden. Studies have revealed rosacea’s considerable harmful effects on self-confidence and self-esteem of the sufferer. You don’t need to go through this ordeal. You can opt for Chinese medicine and most people who used this type of healing report of significant outcomes usually within three to six months. Finishing the treatment course and be free of rosacea without frequent use of conventional treatment and/or medications is the end goal of Chinese medicine treatment.

The Causes and Symptoms of Rosacea

Rosacea is a skin condition that causes cyclic skin inflammation in the face. This disease is likely to be a progressive problem, which means that it gets worse over time. Rosacea tends to develop for a few weeks to a few months. It seems to get better before flaring up once again. Determining if your skin condition is actually rosacea and not another similar dermatological problem like eczema, allergy, or acne is important so as to cure the condition properly.

The symptoms of rosacea include blushing/flushing, burning sensation in the eyes, telangiectasia (visible blood vessels), pustules (red pus-filled bumps) on the forehead, chin, cheeks, and nose, and redness on the face. In older men, one other common symptom of rosacea is rhinophyma, which is a red bulbous nose.

The symptoms can be triggered by certain factors such as sweating, alcohol, spicy foods, stress, severe cold or hot weather, and exposure to the sun.

Rosacea often manifests in stages:

First stage: Pre-rosacea – This phase may look like blushing or flushing and slowly evolve to constant redness in the center of your face, specifically, on the nose and its surrounding areas.

Second stage: Vascular rosacea – In this stage, the symptoms have worsened with symptoms characterized by obvious blood vessels on the cheeks and nose.

Third stage: Inflammatory rosacea – This stage is characterized by pustules (red small pus-filled bumps) appearing on various parts of the face (chin, cheeks, and nose). Occasionally, the bumps can also develop on the forehead.

Around 50% of all rosacea sufferers have what is known as ocular rosacea, an itching and burning feeling in the eyes. These symptoms are the result of scaling and inflammation of the skin on the inside of the eyelids. These symptoms are the same as the ones for sore eyes (conjunctivitis).

How does Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture in Bellingham treat rosacea?

Rosacea treatment with Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture works by helping lessen the appearance of blood vessels, clearing pustules, and cooling inflamed, red skin. Most practitioners use herbal medicine and acupuncture combined with lifestyle changes and diet therapy to gain really good results.

Typically, treatment may last for three to six months. The main objective is to lessen the symptoms and keep the patient free of symptoms without the need for further treatment. Cases of stubborn symptoms may necessitate an additional time for consolidating treatments so as to ensure the symptoms won’t return again. No timeline for the end of treatment can be planned as each patient’s case is unique. However, the most important goal of any Chinese medicine doctor is to have the patient be able to walk out of the office all cured without needing to come back.

Practitioners customize their Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture treatment since each rosacea case is unique. Each patient manifests different set of symptoms which, in itself, requires a unique form of treatment.