It seems that aspirin offers more than just headache relief. According to an article in the Dermatology Times, researchers found when rosacea sufferers—people who have chronic facial redness and inflammation—were given 81 milligrams of baby aspirin (enteric coated) each day, their blush significantly decreased.
The same properties that help aspirin constrict blood vessels during a headache may be the same properties that help suppress the vascular dialation causing rosacea. In fact, a practicing dermatologist and clinical associate professor of dermatology at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, Joseph B. Bikowski, M.D., stated that in his own “personal experience over a 2-year period among approximately 100 patients who took 1 baby aspirin nightly, the majority reported a subjectively significant decrease in flushing and subsequent erythema after 1 to 3 months of treatment.” So, baby your face and hush your blush.
Although aspirin is generally safe, if you have asthma, stomach
If you suffer from rosacea, here are some other finds that may help.
- Rosacea: Your Self-Help Guide. This book helps readers identify what triggers the condition for them and details the latest in medical and alternative treatments.
- Rosacea 101: Includes the Rosacea Diet. The author is a rosacea sufferer himself and founded the Rosacea Research & Development Institute.