Helicobacter Pylori & Rosacea

Helicobacter pylori bacteria is found in 50 percent of people worldwide, most of whom show no symptoms. It infects the stomach and small intestine and can cause ulcers and cancer. The incidence of H. pylori infection appears to be higher in patients who have rosacea, a common skin condition.

Identifying Rosacea

Rosacea generally causes a red, flushed appearance on the cheeks and nose. In advanced stages, rosacea can progress to a rash that is similar to acne in appearance.

Triggers of Rosacea

Alcohol, hot drinks and spicy foods are considered to be triggers of rosacea flare-ups.

Similarities Between Rosacea and H. Pylori

H. pylori infection and rosacea both cause inflammation and are treated with antibiotics.

Potential Connection

Although research is ongoing, it appears that the H. pylori bacterium could cause a number of systemic issues.


Rosacea appears without the presence of H. pylori. The reverse is true as well.