It turns out that treating intestinal bacteria may also relieve symptoms of rosacea-a flushing along the cheeks, nose and forehead with small whiteheads and broken or dilated capillaries. While antibiotics are often used to treat rosacea, a new study found that a drug used to treat “travelers diarrhea” caused by E. coli, called rifaximin, may ease both tummy troubles and the skin issue.
Why? During the study, gastroenterologists in St. Louis found that patients suffering from rosacea were also likely to have small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), reports Skin & Allergy News.
Rosacea patients who were SIBO-positive took two 200-mg tablets of rifaximin three times a day for 10 days and in the end, 46 percent of them showed clearance of, or marked improvement in, rosacea symptoms, while another 25 percent showed moderate improvement.
Larger trials are now planned to further explore rifaximin’s benefits to the skin.
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