AAD: natural ingredients have a role in rosacea therapy

Written by on March 25, 2009 in in the news, Natural Treatments with 0 Comments


As promised in my 67th AAD Meeting SFO, rosacea highlights news item, here are some updates from the conference proceedings and handouts. In this update we’ll look at how Dr. Downie suggests that natural ingredients do have a role in the treatment of rosacea. It is encouraging to see these complementary ingredients feverfew, green tea and licorice getting some mainstream attention.

Many of these ingredients are already present in commercially available products. Rosacea sufferers can only benefit from more research into compatible ingredients and more choice in off the shelf preparations.

SYM S048, Treatment of Acne and Rosacea in Ethnic Patients, Jeanine B. Downie, M.D., FAAD, Director, image Dermatology P.C., Assistant Attending Mountainside and Overlook Hospitals, Montclair, New Jersey.

Disclosures: Johnson & Johnson, Allergan (Shareholder), Medicis, Galderma, Novartis, Intendis, Skin Medica, Stiefel, Merz.

Slide 14: Feverfew

  • A number of the composite family
  • Inhibits 5-lipoxygenase and cycloxygenase
  • This results in a reduction in human blood platelet aggregation
  • Inhibits release of the inflammatory markers from activated lymphocytes and reduces neutrophil chemotaxis
  • As feverfew has immunomodulating properties, it may be a useful treatment for rosacea

(Baumann, LS. Dermatol. Therapy. 2007; 20: 330-342).

Slide 15: Green Tea

  • The derivatives are epicatechin, epigallocatechin, epicatectin-3- gallate
  • They possess well documented anticarcinogenic properties, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant capabilities
  • Is photoprotective
  • Reduces disruption of the skin barrier

(Baumann, LS. Dermatol Therapy. 2007; 330-342).

Slide 16: Licorice

  • Glycyrrhizin-is one of the main ingredients in licorice
  • It reduces inflammation, promotes mucous secretion, soothes irritation and stimulates adrenal gland activity
  • The anti-inflammatory properties are due to the inhibition of superoxide anion production and cyclooxygenase activity
  • It decreases erythema, edema and itching in statistically significant amounts

(Baumann, LS. Dermatol Therapy. 2007; 330-342).

Another good place to start reading about these  complementary `naturally based’ therapies is the page treating rosacea with herbs.

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