What Is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a skin condition that is commonly misdiagnosed as acne. It is very common and typically occurs on the facial skin. Some studies have indicated that at least 16 million Americans are affected by this skin disorder but are unaware of it.

Rosacea causes a reddish coloration on the patient’s face. It also produces small, pus-filled bumps with a reddish color. If it is not treated, it may progress and eventually get worse over time.

Cases of rosacea are commonly diagnosed in people between 30 and 50 years of age. Because of its appearance, it may cause significant social and psychological problems if not treated in time. At least 90 percent of Rosacea patients experienced a decrease in self-confidence and self-esteem, while 41 percent reported that they were forced to avoid public appearances and social engagements.

The redness that is characteristic of rosacea can spread beyond the cheeks and nose to the chin and forehead. In some cases, the chest, back, and the ears may be red at all times. Gradually, rosacea patients would see a permanent red coloration in the center of their face.

Cannabinoids have the potential to effectively treat rosacea.

Cannabinoids and Rosacea

Cannabiniods have a therapeutic effect on rosacea when applied systemically (orally) or topically (applied directly to the skin).

As it is, the medical ingredients in cannabis are not only useful for the treatment of some skin conditions, they also make the skin look younger. A Huffington Post article by Dr. Bobby Buka and Dr. Ariel Ostad explained that cannabinoids, chemical compounds found in cannabis, contain powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agents.

Additionally, cannabinoids’ ability to make you feel better may also have a positive impact on the skin. THC receptors stimulate the production of neurotransmitters that cause a pleasant feeling, similar to serotonin. Cannabinoids’ ability to reduce stress may help treat a number of skin conditions.

One of the negative effects of rosacea is the fact that it lowers the self-esteem of the sufferer. This may result in depression and anxiety. Studies have shown that cannabinoids help treat depression and anxiety, especially for patients whose emotional state has been influenced by a disease or disorder. Through the endocannabinoid system (ECS), cannabinoids help maintain and re-regulate homeostasis, i.e. the balance between the various systems in the body.


Symptoms of rosacea can be effectively controlled with treatment. Because receptors for the ECS are found in the skin and within the immune system, cannabinoids have the potential to treat rosacea. It’s important that funding becomes available for research and that we spread awareness about cannabinoids to the general public and health care professionals so that patients can benefit from all the positive effects these natural alternatives have to offer.

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