Nothing surprises me anymore. Took B to the dermatologist for your average boring blackhead consultation. Loved the dermatologist at Center for Dermatology in Gilbert. B brought up the fact that her cheeks are always read.
The doctor said we call that Rosacea, see your mom has it too (as she points at me). Say what? News to mom for sure. Super flattering selfie to show you what the doctor saw from across the room. So first what is Rosacea?
From the American Academy of Dermatology: Rosacea (rose-AY-sha) is a common skin disease. It often begins with a tendency to blush or flush more easily than other people. The redness can slowly spread beyond the nose and cheeks to the forehead and chin. Even the ears, chest, and back can be red all the time. Rosacea can cause more than redness.
Of course lots of people have Rosacea, and it gives us something in common with Princess Diana apparently. But as I started to learn more I found that there is evidence that Rosacea may be as a result of Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO). Basically bacteria that is usually found in the colon is found in the small intestine. For me, mom, this makes sense. I had 1/3 of my colon removed about 5 years ago, as did my dad about 40 years ago. Plus we know that Cystic Fibrosis impacts the digestive system as well.