Rosacea Progress…

My challenge with Rosacea, which started affecting my eyes last December, has definitely put a damper on my research efforts for my book. Since alcohol aggravates my condition, I reduced my beer consumption to 2-3 beers per month.

My Rosacea also affected my motivation to homebrew. It’s hard to justify brewing my own beer when I am only drinking 2-3 bottles per month. Assuming I would want to drink beer besides my own homebrew, one five-gallon batch would have lasted me about three years! So, I’ve put my homebrewing activities on hold for now.

In order for me to move forward with my book project, it became clear that I had to find a solution to my Rosacea problem… and after several months of research and trial and error, I have!

I said “no thanks” to my opthamologist’s offer of a prescription for life-long tetracycline and started looking elsewhere. Several things have helped to calm my Rosacea – diet changes, avoiding triggers, accupuncture, chinese herbs, reducing stress, Rosacea-calming facial cleansers and toners, etc., but the clear winner in my attempts to improve my condition has been Vitamin C! I was blown away that the ultimate solution to my Rosacea (and my seasonal allergies!!) would be something so simple.

After reading a couple of books about Orthomolcular Medicine and the success people have achieved with megadose vitamin therapy, I decided to give it a try. The clincher was the claim that large doses of Vitamin C would relieve allergy symptoms. Since May is the month where I either endure itchy eyes, sneezing and a runny nose or stay doped up on antihistamines until June, I was open to suggestion for another alternative.

I quickly built up my Vitamin C intake to about 10,000-15,000 mg per day and have been maintaining that for the past three weeks with very good results. My allergies are under control without antihistimines (for the first time in years!!) and my Rosacea is significantly improved. While my Rosacea is not yet cured, it’s getting better every week.

I’m now able to consume a few more bottles of beer each month, without causing serious aggravation of my Rosacea. Moderation will be key as I continue to allow my body to heal, but I now feel confident that I will be able to enjoy more frequent beer sessions, as part of the research for my book, and my own homebrew again sometime down the road. A Knitter’s Guide to Beer is back on track!

-Jenne Hiigel