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Liver and acne rosacea

The Liver and Acne Rosacea

Recently I was consulted by a 48 year old woman who had been troubled by acne rosacea for 20 years. Acne rosacea is a red pimply rash that affects the cheeks and sometimes the chin and usually first presents in people in their 30s. This lady was not asking for help for her acne but was seeking my help for an itchy burning rash around her vaginal opening (vulva) and anus. She had been told by another medical doctor that the rash and horrible itchy feeling was due to menopause and lack of estrogen.

So I took a look and what did I find? – candida infection with its typical red rash and white spots of vaginal discharge and this was all around her vulva and anus. I told her this problem is coming from a super infection of candida in your gut! I asked her why she would have such bad candida infection and she did not know. Factors that can cause a bad infection with the yeast organism candida are steroids, a compromised immune system, diabetes, food intolerance, alcohol, the oral contraceptive pill, a high sugar diet or antibiotics. Then I elicited a history of antibiotic use and indeed she had been prescribed tetracycline antibiotics for many years to reduce her acne rosacea. I had a look at her years of records of previous liver function tests and noticed that on several occasions her liver function tests had been abnormal with elevated liver enzymes; surprisingly no doctor had ever pointed this out to her!

I told her that the tetracycline antibiotic was the cause of her intermittently abnormal liver function tests and she should never take it again, especially since it was inappropriate treatment for acne rosacea. Furthermore if she continued to take the antibiotic, the candida infection would get worse and perpetuate her vaginal and anal itch.

The correct treatment for acne rosacea is to improve the liver function and the immune system and this would reduce the inflammation in her cheeks. To achieve these goals I prescribed Livatone Plus and extra selenium in the form of Selenomune powder.
I also decided to check if she was gluten intolerant as acne rosacea can be a sign of auto-immune inflammation. Her blood test showed that she carried the genes associated with gluten intolerance so I recommended a gluten free diet.
I did not want to use oral drugs to kill the candida, as these could aggravate her liver dysfunction.

I decided to treat her intestinal candida infection with the following –

  • Daily probiotic
  • Garlic and radish in the diet
  • Vaginal douching with a special feminine hygiene gel made with tea tree oil as a base.
  • Anti-fungal cream applied to the rash in the vaginal and anal area

The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not designed to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.