Rosacea can be a symptom of a number of medical conditions, including gastrointestinal disorders, hormonal imbalances and liver disease.
Gastrointestinal disorders, such as dyspepsia, gastritis and inflammatory gastrointestinal tract disorders like ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and constipation, have been linked with rosacea. Digestive issues associated with low stomach acid are thought to prevent proper absorption of vitamins linked with the symptoms of this skin condition. A general physician or gastroenterologist can determine which disorder is at the root of the problem.
Metabolic acidosis disorder, caused by an inefficient pancreas, is also linked with rosacea. It causes the blood to become acidic, as the pancreas does not produce bile with a high enough pH to neutralize acidic foods. This may also cause allergies, sinus problems, fibromyalgia and osteoporosis. Consuming less acid-forming foods can help control these symptoms.
Hormonal imbalances—whether due to pregnancy, menstrual cycle, menopause, endocrine disorders, or stress—cause reactions in the body and skin that can lead to rosacea symptoms.
Liver disease, which can have a number of causes, such as alcohol abuse and the consumption of certain prescription medications, is also tied with rosacea. Some reports show that improving liver function and the immune system reduces inflammation, and thus signs of rosacea.
Additional medical conditions linked with rosacea include seborrhea, vitamin deficiency, stress-related conditions, chronic cough, caffeine withdrawal syndrome and lesions on the hypothalamus gland.