In doing reserach on rosacea, I came across a fascinating study in 2009 where about half of the people with rosacea were found to have small intestinal bacteria overgrowth (SIBO). Upon administration of rifaximin, an antibiotic that does not penetrate the intestinal wall, thus staying within the intestine and eradicating the SIBO, many of the rosacea sufferers with SIBO were completely cleared. At a nine month follow up they remained clear.

Fascinating.

No such study has been performed on people with acne, but hey, who knows! So I’ve asked my doctor to refer me to a testing facility to see if I have SIBO myself, just for fun. It’s a simple breath test, and I’m hoping to find someone in the area who can perform the test. I’ll let you guys know how it goes. I am reseraching as much as I can about intestinal bacteria and skin disease, with acne as a particular focus of course. If you have any references for me, please let me know.

My fabulous research assistant, Miriam, and I have been steeping ourselves in rosacea research for the past couple of weeks. It’s a mysterious topic, but some effective treatments exist. Also, the latest research is showing promise for hopeful rosacea eradication in the future. I distilled down what we learned onto the new rosacea pages, with Joel’s help of course :)

Let me know what you think!