By naturopath Margaret Jasinska
Sarah was a lovely 37 year old lady who came to me seeking help for acne rosacea. She had been suffering with this skin condition for the past 10 years and nothing had helped significantly.
Acne rosacea is a type of acne that most commonly affects women in their 30s and 40s. It causes redness and pimples primarily on the cheeks, but can also affect the nose, chin and forehead. There is a strong relationship between acne rosacea and digestive problems, and almost all my patients with it also experience some digestive discomfort.
Sarah is a sales rep, and the acne made her feel very self conscious. She spent a lot of time each morning applying makeup to try and cover the blemishes, but she wanted a better solution. Sarah used an antibiotic ointment when her skin got really bad, but she worried about the long term consequences.
I ask all my patients a range of questions, in order to get a better understanding of their overall health. As I suspected, Sarah had digestive problems. When she was a teenager she was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome. The main symptoms she experienced were abdominal bloating and gas. Occasionally she got urgent diarrhoea. Her job involves a lot of travel, and she has learned to manage her digestive problems in order to avoid feeling too uncomfortable. The bloating gets worse as the day progresses, so Sarah often hardly eats anything at lunch time, or she skips lunch altogether. It’s just not worth the discomfort of her pants digging into her bloated abdomen, and the cramps she gets from holding gas in.