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Halogen refers to "a group in the periodic table consisting of five chemically related elements: fluorine (F), chlorine (Cl), bromine (Br), iodine (I), and astatine (At)."

Dermis lists halogen rosacea as a rosacea variant and states, “Systemic administration of iodides or bromides can lead to a rosacea conglobata-like clinical picture. The lesions resolve when exposure to halogens is stopped.” [1]

“Halogen Rosacea is caused by iodides or bromides systemically administered. This condition can lead to a rosacea conglobata-like clinical appearance (see Variations below). Discontinuing exposure to halogens (any of the five elements fluorine, chlorine, bromine, iodine, and astatine that form part of group VII A of the periodic table) resolves the condition.” [2]

Halogen-aggravated rosacea is referred to in the Plewig and Kligman 1993 book Acne and Rosacea, pages 434-435. [3]

Klaber and Wittkower refer to halogen eruptions that 'rarely stimulate rosacea.' [4]

Rosacea conglobata "may be provoked by oral ingestion of halogen-containing preparations." [5]

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End Notes

[1] Dermis Department of Clinical Social Medicine University of Heidelberg

[2] Rosacea: To Peel or Not To Peel....That Is The Question
By: V. Sue Seehawer
President, Unfading Beauty Clinical Skin Care Unabridged

[3]  Plewig G., Kligman A.M. (1993) Stage I Rosacea. In: ACNE and ROSACEA. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

[4] British Journal of Dermatology
ROBERT KLABER M.D.Lond., M.R.C.P  Erich Wittkower M.D.Berl., L.R.C.P.Ed.
Paper road at the Nineteenth Annual Meeting of the British Association of Dermatology and Syphilology in London, ‐July 8th, 1939.

[5] J R Soc Med. 1997 Mar;90(3):144-50.
Rosacea: classification and treatment.
Jansen T, Plewig G.
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