Are you searching for a natural therapy to quickly relieve your symptoms? Would you be willing to try freshly crushed pineapple and cottage cheese on your face? Give the wild and whacky rosacea treatments that emerge from time to time, pineapple and cheese doesn’t sound too bad !
Ellen Marmur, MD has an article today from Dr. Oz called Food Solutions for Your Skin.
This natural remedy suggests that the Bromelain from near the skin of the pineapple, can reduce redness, and the milk fat from cottage cheese can soothe the skin.
Finally a Green Tea soaked cloth is suggested as a way to relax your eyes.
I haven’t seen a lot of discussion the pineapple extract Bromelain in the rosacea forums. So does it offer any possible benefits to rosacea sufferers?
We are told that Bromelain is not suitable as a oral supplement because it doesn’t make it through the stomach.
But according to Bromelain: biochemistry, pharmacology and medical use (PDF link : CMLS, Cell. Mol. Life Sci. 58 (2001) 1234 – 1245);
“Bromelain is orally absorbed and generates various pharmacological systemic effects: prevention and reduction of edema antiinflammation, stimulation of monocytes to secrete cytokines such as Il-1b and TNF-a, induction of phagocytosis and cytotoxicity by
granulocytes, inhibition of platelet aggregation and stimulation of fibrinolysis, immunomodulatory effects promoting antigen-unspecific tumor cytotoxicity, among others.”
Anti-Swelling and Anti-Inflammatory
This published paper tells us that Bromelain has demonstrated anti-swelling, anti-inflammatory and anti-thrombotic properties.
Interestingly Bromelain promotes the absorption of antibiotics and is thought to have some positive effects for cancer patients.
Some of the effects of this chemical are thought originate from the genesis of pineapple as a member of the Bromelaid family, which are typically carnivorous, tropical jungle plants which grow on other plants and need to derive nitrogen and phosphorus from digesting organic material.
Bromelain looks to have some quite interesting and unique properties, but more research is needed to discover how well it addresses the inflammation of rosacea.
Article from Dr. Oz:
Try mixing one cup of full-fat cottage cheese with a quarter-cup of minced pineapple and applying it like a mask to your cheeks and nose for 10 minutes a day, twice a week for one month.
Place a nice cool washcloth soaked in green tea over the mask to soothe your skin.
The milk fat in the cottage cheese will moisturize and heal your skin.
The pineapple will provide bromelain – richest in the tougher part of the fruit near the rind or skin – to decrease redness.
When taken in homeopathic pills (such as mixed with arnica to decrease redness and bruising), the bromelain doesn’t make it past the digestive acids in the stomach so it is much better to use it on your skin!
You can also drape a green-tea soaked cloth over your eyes for a relaxing 10-minute rest.