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    Hello everybody!
    I have been following different posts over the last few months as I have been researching and experimenting with treatments for Rosacea. I would like to chime in at this point and let you know whats going in my case that might be helpful to someone.

    My face was getting progressively worse with high stress and the heat of summer and finally I could no longer ignore that it wasn't going away and I needed help. I had been having flare ups for years but this was the worst yet with bumps and Pustules and continuous redness. So I tried everything I could. Eliminating all the allergens food groups and re introducing them one by one. I dropped my beloved coffee and hardly drank wine. I was eating well and i thought I was actually extremely healthy. But None of this really helped me as the Rosacea Inflammation and pustules/bumps seemed to have kicked in and kept getting worse and they weren't going down.

    I had stopped doing Yoga as I was so busy with work and that seemed to have kept my stress levels high fueling the Rosacea. I believe my yoga was really helping me with decreasing stress. ( I have read that stress changes your hormones and may be connected to increasing inflammation.)

    Three things that keep coming up with several different health care professionals and dermatologists I have been seeing.

    Taking HCL as a support for absorbing nutrients. - The best recommendations I have had is to use the Premier HCL by Premier Research Labs ( 90 Caps) I paid $13.95 at the natural pharmacy
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    taking a good Probiotic - best recommendation was the Ortho Biotic by Ortho Molecular Products ( it was $29.90 for 30 caps lasting 30 days)

    I am also drinking AloePro - Certified Organic Aloe vera Liquid ( very good although you do go to bathroom alot more) amazing stuff!

    I put the Metro gel on the pustules when I had the big flair up over summer and it helped for awhile but then stopped being effective. I am also taking the anti inflammatory Oracea my dermatologist recommended and it worked within a week to reduce inflammation. I have only been on this for 2 weeks and will stay on it for the 30 days. Its extremely expensive but they gave my a coupon and I went to costco pharmacy but it was still around $89 dollars for the month. In saying that it was highly effective in reducing my inflammation and bumps within a week or so.

    I do not want to rely on the metro gel or Oracea which is why I am keen to follow through on taking the HCL and the probiotic being able to increase my nutrient absorption and give me stronger immunity to fight this naturally and then the Aloe Vera to decrease the skin inflammation. So far so good my whole face seems to have calmed and the redness and bumps have gone.
    Its all costly I know but I am happy to start seeing my old skin coming back and its worth it to have my life back and not hide away from everyone I know!

    I have also been reading about the new research from the Irish University linking mites with Rosacea sufferers, apparently on the normal persons skin they have 2 mites compared to Rosacea suffers having 10 mites in the same amount of skin area! The mites die off but leave waste on your face that can aggravate and cause the inflammation. Apparently the Oracea may be effective because it reduces the inflammation response from the waste the mites leave on your skin but the problem is it doesn't kill the mites so they just keep mating and reproducing so Rosacea comes back. If this is true then we might have a shot at getting on top of this skin problem.

    For the mite theory I can't afford to wait another few years for them to come up with a product so I am washing my hair and body including my eyebrows in a natural based tea tree oil shampoo and body wash and I am washing all of my clothing and bedding adding ten drops of tea tree oil in the wash with the natural detergent ( organic desert essence pure tea tree oil). Tea tree is a natural antibacterial and will kill anything like lice mites etc. Its from my home country in Australia and the Aborigines have been using it for years as an amazing topical medicine for healing and defending the skin. I am not leaving any stone unturned if there is any way mites could be involved. Be careful washing your actual face with tea tree find a gentle soap like tea tree soap from soapworks ( amazon). The tea tree shampoo and Bodywash apparently the Heritage brands are good as well as Treemenda from Canada but look for one without Alcohol in it and as natural as possible. I add a drop of the pure tea tree into my tea tree shampoo to increase the strength. Be careful just go slow as you should only do what you can tolerate and its a process of trial and error. Don't add any drops to face only use the gentle bar as you don't want to go too strong on face.

    Overall this multi dimensional approach is working for me! Only problem is I'm not exactly sure what is most effective as I am doing it altogether. I will be continuing this while I'm having great results and I will then get rid of Oracea to see how the rest of it all holds up.
    1 - hcl
    2- Ortho Biotic
    3- Aloe Vera
    4- tea tree shampoo and body wash with gentle tea tree soap for face.
    5- tea tree drops to wash my bedding and clothing
    6- Oracea ( i want to be done with it in 30 days)
    7- metro gel I'm barely using it anymore as bumps have gone.


    I will report back in a month and let you know how its going.

    I wish you all health and happiness.

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    Just a question for when you come back--you say you are taking HCL for better absorbing nutrients? How does it help with that?

    I didn't want to take it because I thought the point of it is to create more stomach acid....and I already react badly to any acidic foods (lemon, vinegar).

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    Thank you for your report. Very interesting. I look forward to your updates.

    Does anyone know what "HLC" stands for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starlite View Post
    Does anyone know what "HLC" stands for?
    That should be HCl - hydrochloric acid which is the acid present in the stomach to aid digestion.

    HCl is usually taken in the form of betaine hydrochloride powder in capsule form. This makes it safer and considerably more pleasant than taking liquid hydrochloric acid - better on the teeth and mouth tissues as well.

    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnabetts View Post
    That should be HCl - hydrochloric acid which is the acid present in the stomach to aid digestion.

    HCl is usually taken in the form of betaine hydrochloride powder in capsule form. This makes it safer and considerably more pleasant than taking liquid hydrochloric acid - better on the teeth and mouth tissues as well.

    John
    It *really* is hydrochloric acid! LOL Thank you John!

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