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Missing Link for Rosacea?

Posted: 09/15/2008

In an article [PDF] in Experimental Dermatology, Dr. Richard Gallo and colleagues at the University of California-San Diego reported that vitamin D3 may be a critical step in an inflammatory pathway that could be a therapy target against the bumps and pimples of rosacea.1

In ongoing studies investigating the specific chemical interactions to rosacea triggers, the researchers have noted that the normal immune system protects the body by producing protective substances called cathelicidins that isolate and neutralize any harmful effects.2 The missing link, however, has been what prompts the production of these cathelicidins.

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