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How is rosacea linked to the immune system?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The cause of rosacea remains a mystery, but there are some clues that a glitch in the immune system may cause this skin condition. The immune system defends your body by producing white blood cells to attack and destroy germs and other foreign substances. Some scientists believe that rosacea occurs when the immune system attacks harmless bacteria on the skin. The resulting inflammation may be what causes redness and other symptoms of rosacea. This theory is still being explored but could lead to new treatments for rosacea.

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