Skin: Rhinophyma

Rhinophyma is a skin condition thought to result from untreated, severe rosacea, a chronic inflammatory skin disorder that causes facial redness and swelling of the nose and cheeks.

Sebaceous glands in the nasal and facial skin (that produce sebum to lubricate the skin and keep it from drying), become blocked, causing the glands to swell. This results in nasal enlargement and deformity that can sometimes be severe.

Treatments include surgery and dermabrasion, but successful treatment can be difficult to achieve and deformity tends to return afterwards.

This diabetic patient had suffered from the condition for 3 years. Note the swollen sweat glands and the bulky swelling of the nose in the photograph on the left. After 6 months of wheatgrass extract application just once weekly, the nasal size has reduced significantly. The skin is also smoother - almost normal in appearance, and blood circulation has improved.

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