Did you know that 70% of people affected by rosacea face psychological conditions ranging from low self-esteem to depression? Much research has been carried out into this skin condition that affects 14 million Americans and some ties have been knotted to vitamin D deficiency.
How Is Vitamin D Related To Rosacea?
Cathelicidin is an anti-microbial peptide (AMP) that is linked to playing a central role in rosacea’s pathology. Usually, your body’s immune system produces low levels of AMPs on the skin. But if you are a rosacea sufferer, you are likely fighting with abnormal and extreme levels of cathelicidin production.
Scientists believe if cathelicidin production can be brought under control, it acts as a healthy skin barrier to preventing facial redness.
If you have rosacea, you’re not alone
There are more than 16 million people in the United States who suffer from the embarrassment caused by this condition. Worldwide, an estimated 48 million people suffer from rosacea. A facial condition that involves red or pink patches, visible broken blood vessels, red cysts and bumps and pink, swollen eyes, rosacea can be quite itchy and painful at times.
Facial redness can be associated with many factors such as excessive scrubbing of skin, too much sun exposure and medical conditions such as allergic contact dermatitis, lupus, and demodicosis. But the most common cause of facial reddening is rosacea.
Rosacea mostly affects fair-skinned, blue eyed and light-haired adults of north western European descent and Celtic descent, between the ages 30 and 60, and is three times more common in women than in men.
Many celebrities have been affected too
Rosacea flare ups have affected famous celebs who despite their condition have achieved success and fame in their careers. People like Bill Clinton, Princess Diana, Cameron Diaz, Rosie O’Donnell, Mariah Carey, Renee Zellweger, UK television star Lisa Faulkner, and even Emmy Award-winning Actress Cynthia Nixon from Sex and the City, are a just a few who were once left blushing from rosacea.