Why Has No One Found a Cure for Rosacea?

Written by on May 24, 2012 in research with 5 Comments

Why has no one found something even remotely close to a cure for rosacea ? Why do researchers admit that they can barely even describe the disease ?

Well a clue emerges from a recent series of in depth, state of the art papers from the Journal of Investigative Dermatology Symposium Proceedings.

In the introductory item titled  “Pathophysiology of Rosacea: Introduction”, Dr. Martin Steinhoff tells us that

The pathophysiology of rosacea appears to be complex, as virtually all cutaneous cells, including immune cells, appear to have roles.

Ultimately, rosacea is a good ‘‘model’’ through which investigators can learn more about the complexities of neuroimmune communication, inflammation, and immunity, as well as about chronic inflammation and the development of fibrosis. [emphasis mine].

J Investig Dermatol Symp Proc. 2011 Dec;15(1)

So there is a lot going on in rosacea. Cutaneous cells include: keratinocytes, melanocytes, leucocytes,  fibroblasts,and  endothelials.

Add in the complexities of hair follicles, sweat glands, nerve fibres, sebaceous glands, apocrine glands, lymphatic and blood vessels and you have enough to fill several text books before you even start understanding it all.

Dr. Steinhoff is known to rosacea sufferers because of his work on Neurogenic Rosacea for which he holds a related patent, and has undertaken NRS and Galderma funded rosacea related research.

Stay Tuned For More

The series of papers  that form the JID’s expose on the state of the art in rosacea research are long and complex. More summaries to follow.

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  1. Brady Barrows says:

    Thanks for pointing out the article Dave.

  2. Nancy says:

    I am so proud, Dr. Steinhoff is my doctor and he has done wonders to help me controle my severe rosacea. I feel very fortunate.

  3. David Pascoe says:

    Great to hear Nancy.

    Dr. Steinhoff has published some leading edge research on rosacea, you are indeed fortunate to be able to consult with him.

  4. Kitty Byrne says:

    Always looking for the latest treatment (as low price as possible).

  5. Nancy says:

    Hi Kitty,

    I am not a doctor but can only give information based on my own experience with rosacea and the advice from my doctors. Sometimes in an attempt to controle symptoms we pile on one medication upon another from antibiotics to topicals and really through the body’s system off and can make rosacea worse. Be certain to find a gentle skin care routine first of all and don’t use anything on your skin that is irritating. My skin is the best it has ever been and I am off all antibiotics and topical Meds. For me, Dr. Steinhoff suggested I try using an OTC wash called Hibiclens. This is an antiseptic, anti microbial cleansers that doctors use prior to surgery. I put it in a little spray bottle, dilute it with water 1:1 and apply it to my clean skin with a cotton ball/pad. Leave it on a few minutes then rinse off with water. It keeps the inflammation and acne down plus keeps working to kill germs for up to six hours.

    Use a very good sunscreen that again, does not irritate sensitive rosacea skin. My doctors suggested Vani-Cream for sensitive skin SPF #60. I order it through my local Rite Aid store. It is the only sunscreen and moisturizer I can use. Just find something that your skin accepts and feels calming on your skin.

    I also stopped using liquid makeup and switched to mineral powder. This covers any redness but let’s my skin breath and is not irritating. I have been using the brand Mineral Essence I buy on-line.

    Stay in cool environments, don’t eat hot or spicy food, and don’t feel embarrassed to use a fan whenever you need it.

    I hope this helps and you find a good dermatologist to guide you.

    Nancy

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