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Vitamin E Oil for Rosacea

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author image John Levy
John Levy has been a writer since 2007, contributing to the "The Guardian" and "Waitrose Magazine." He has also worked as a human nutrition researcher at Edinburgh University and Nutrition Consulting. Levy holds a Master of Science in sports and exercise nutrition.
Vitamin E Oil for Rosacea
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Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that is largely unknown. According to the National Rosacea Society, 16 million Americans suffer from the condition and most of them do not know they have it. It causes redness to the face and has acne like symptoms. A survey by the National Rosacea Society discovered that over 76 percent of patients suffering from the condition had lower self-esteem and lower confidence. Another 46 percent said it caused them to avoid social gatherings and public appearances.

Rosacea

The cause of rosacea is unknown and there is no cure for the condition. The “American Medical Association Family Medical Guide” writes symptoms of rosacea are characterized by redness all over the face or in streaks and patches, pus filled bumps, rhinophima and conjunctivitis in about half of cases. A doctor solely on its appearance can diagnose rosacea in a patient. The condition gets worse if it is not treated. Contact a doctor or dermatologist immediately for medical advice.

Vitamin E Oil

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that helps prevent and treat numerous skin conditions. Vitamin E is often taken orally in a capsule but for skin conditions like rosacea it is most effective delivered on the skin as oil. Jack Challem member of the American Society for Nutrition writes in his book “User's Guide to Nutritional Supplements” that vitamin E is effective in helping repair skin damage and protects the skin against sunburn. Due to vitamin E effectiveness in repairing skin cell damage, it reduces redness on the skin caused by rosacea. A combination of prescribed medication is used to treat rosacea effectively, consult your physician before using vitamin E oil.

Other Treatments

A combination of prescription strength oral and topical medication is required to reduce the symptoms of rosacea, according to MayoClinic.Com. Common oral medications prescribed are antibiotics such as tetracycline and erythromyacin. Topical medications include antibiotics such as metronidazole, tretinoin and benzoyl peroxide. Laser and electro surgery may be required to reduce enlarged blood vessel caused by severe rosacea.

Considerations

Vitamin E oil is useful supplement in treating rosacea but it should not replace the standard prescription for treatment. When treated, rosacea can improve confidence in sufferers of the condition and lead healthy relationships. Lifestyle changes in healthy eating and exercise help improve symptoms because several foods naturally contain vitamins and exercise promotes healthy blood flow. Vitamin E may react with your prescribed treatment so consult a physician before considering use.

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