Rosacea caused by bacteria from tiny mites?

August 30, 2012 2:11:09 PM PDT
Rosacea is a skin problem causing reddening and inflammation of the face, and the reason why is enough to make anyone's skin crawl: doctors have known for years that rosacea is caused by tiny mites that usually live in people's facial hair follicles.

However, they did not understand why these mites would cause symptoms.

Now, a report in the Journal of Medical Microbiology says these mites carry a bacteria that spills out, causing the skin reaction.

The researchers found that people who suffered from rosacea had higher rates of these mites than people who did not have rosacea, meaning they are exposed to more bacteria.

That might explain why antibiotics can help clear up the condition.