Is Rosacea Cure Hiding In The Microbiome?
A Rosacea cure is something that researchers are looking for in many studies. Right now, Rosacea.org says, “Rosacea (pronounced “roh-ZAY-sha”) is a chronic but treatable condition that primarily affects the central face, and is often characterized by flare-ups and remissions.” While there is currently no Rosacea cure, the only options that patients have is to find the best possible treatment.
Balancing The Microbiome
There are microbiomes inside the body and on the surface of the skin. Colonies of bacteria that set up shop in the gut and on the skin’s surface to help the skin fight off bad bacteria. When these microbiomes are out of balance, the body is prone to infection and inflammation.
The Skin’s Microbiome
The natural first area that a skin care professional is going to explore is the skin’s microbiome. While this is not a Rosacea cure, it’s a standard course of treatment for Rosacea.
One of our Guest Bloggers wrote that, “The first line of skin barrier defense is the acid mantle & microbiome. The microflora contains the properties that prevent non resident bacteria from developing while also helping to buffer the action between acidic and alkaline chemicals.The microflora can only live in a PH of around 5.5, The acid mantle prevents toxic matter from being absorbed by the skin. Read More… by Alexandra Trait
If a client has symptoms of Rosacea, we know that it can be caused by an imbalance in the skin’s microbiome
The Gut’s Microbiome
We know diet can impact Rosacea. Research has shown that Rosacea can be managed by avoiding certain foods. Again, while this is not a Rosacea cure, it can help minimized Rosacea flare ups. Avoid spicy foods, thermally hot foods, chocolate and citrus.1
There is new research being done, that is focusing on the relationship between Rosacea and gut health. An article by the National Institute of Health has some exciting news for men and women suffering with Rosacea.
Diet and rosacea: the role of dietary change in the management of rosacea
“….Diet may also impact rosacea via a gut-skin connection. While epidemiologic research supports this connection, research is underway to determine the pathophysiologic mechanisms. At this time, patients may be advised on measures to promote a healthy gut microbiome, including the importance of a fiber-rich (prebiotic) diet.” National Institute Of Health
This information has even made its way into the mainstream medicine. Physicians are now starting to look at the relationship between the gut health and Rosacea.
The Connection Between Rosacea and Gut Health
“……No matter the problem, says Dr. Singh, healing the gut should always be your first priority—especially since your microbiome impacts the health of your entire body. “One of the biggest triggers we would be looking at for a rosacea patient is poor diet. We want to optimize the diet, and focus on fiber-rich prebiotic foods and probiotic foods, and we want to avoid sugars, refined flours, sodas, vegetable oils, packaged and processed foods and meats, hydrogenated fats, and other pro-inflammatory foods.” …….” MarthaStewart.com
Synbiotics is The New Focus For Gut Microbiome Support
When looking to support the microbiome, be it in the gut or on the surface of the skin, the focus has been using probiotics. Recently, we’d begun to hear the term prebiotics being used in relationship to building up the flora. Now the new term being used is Synbiotics.
A synbiotic is defined as a “mixture of probiotics and prebiotics that beneficially affects the host by improving the survival and activity of beneficial microorganisms in the gut.” Sciencedirect.com
There have been many probiotic supplements on the market for years. Now, many brands are creating products that include both prebiotics and probiotics along with other key nutrients and fiber to ensure a strong gut health.
Skin Care Synbiotics
The use of probiotics in skin care has increased over the past few years. Many brands have probiotic based products which tend to fall into the acne categories, to help boost the good bacteria in the microbiome to help fight off the bad acne-causing bacteria. However, some brands have probiotic based products for Rosacea as well.
There are even skin brands who are venturing into the new area of synbiotics, including both prebiotics and probiotics in skin care products.
5 Products To Balance The Microbiome
Balancing the microbiome of the gut and skin at the same time can be achieved with ingestibles and skin care products. We’ve found 5 products that are using synbiotics or probiotics to help bring balance to the microbiome as a course of treatment for Rosacea.
DMK International’s Enbioment™ Serum
Probiotic Restoring Emulsion. DMK Enbioment™ Serum is a probiotic emulsion that reintroduces healthy bacteria and encourages the re-establishment of existing healthy bacteria essential to maintaining skin health. By rebalancing the microbiome of the skin, we help ensure the skin’s immune and mechanical barrier functions are performing optimally.
Immunocologie’s Super 7 Elixir Serum
Super 7 Elixir Serum has fermented ingredients to help balance. It also addresses the seven major signs of aging: fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, dullness, dryness, dehydration, rough and uneven skin texture. Hibiscus Esculentus Fruit Extract – This Potent Antibacterial Ingredient Is Traditionally Used In Ayurvedic Remedies To Promote Healing And Prevent Uneven Pigmentation. Desert Date Seed Oil – Cold Pressed And Rich In Nourishing Essential Fatty Acids And Saponins That Reduce Inﬂammation, This Oil Helps Regenerate And Replenish. It Penetrates Quickly, Leaving No Greasy Residue.
Sabbatical Beauty’s Microbiome Serum
Microbiome Serum is a synbiotic serum from a Philadelphia-based, small batch skin care brand! This pressed serum is designed to provide a cocktail of amazing food and nutrition to your skin microbiome. You may have heard the term microbiome thrown around a lot recently! It refers to a complex ecosystem of microbes that live on different skin sites. Making your skin microbiome happy is integral to smooth, calm and breakout-free skin.
🦠Saccaromyces ferment is fermented yeast. It’s rich in essential minerals, amino acids and vitamins, and can help with calming skin, brightening and wrinkle repair.
🦠Fermented cocoa. Cocoa is rich in antioxidants that help with skin repair. Fermentation makes the good stuff within it more bioavailable for your good skin microbes.
🦠Resveratrol is part of the polyphenols you see in red wine. It’s the core component of what gives red wine its anti-aging, redness reducing effected. We used fermented resveratrol to make it even more bioavailable for your skin.
🦠Beta Glucan is a type of polysaccharide (ours comes from reishi mushrooms!) that is an effective *prebiotic* (or, food for the good skin microbes).
🦠Yogurt extract will contain a little lactic acid to help with exfoliation
Neuthis Gourmet Greens Fiber and Prebiotic
This is a synbiotic drink that has fiber so it is exactly what the National Institute of Health study suggests for fiber-rich prebiotic diet. Gourmet Greens is a daily drink with antioxidant power of 20+ servings of fruits & veggies. Benefits: Powerful Antioxidant Benefits*, Enzymes, Probiotics & Fiber for Healthy Digestion*, Natural Body Alkalizer*, Supports Detoxification*, Contains Superfoods.
It is an easy-to-mix, great tasting, nutrient-rich superfood formula with whole food concentrates designed to provide synergistic phytonutrient nutrition. It provides a super blend of 100% natural fruit and vegetable extracts, vitamins, enzymes, and symbiotic intestinal flora— high in antioxidants, lignans, and phytonutrients. The best tasting greens formula on the market. *
Fermented foods are a great way to get probiotics! One popular drink is Kombucha. We found Wonder Drink’s Green Tea & Lemon Kombucha. It has prebiotics and probiotics to give your gut the 1 – 2 punch! Wonder Drink Prebiotic Sparkling Fermented Tea is fun, functional and smooth. Fermented with our standardized proprietary culture and our unique process, our kombucha is non-alcoholic*. It has the goodness of tea and organic acids, which are perfectly complemented by organic, plant-based XOS prebiotic fiber to support gut health.