Rosacea Triggers and 5 Foods To Avoid
Rosacea is a skin condition that makes your skin turn red, with bumps or pimples. It can be challenging to cure because there are many triggers for it. One of the main culprits is specific foods - in this article, we will discuss 5 foods you should avoid and foods you should add to a rosacea diet!
What is Rosacea
Rosacea is a skin disease that causes a flushing redness in the face, with spots or pimples. It can be mild to severe - but if you have it, then you know how difficult it is to deal with! There are many triggers for Rosacea. It can be tedious to determine what exactly sets it off, but it is well worth the effort.
Ways to treat Rosacea
There are multiple ways to try and suppress Rosacea symptoms. Medical takes a pharmaceutical approach, and diet is a more natural holistic approach. We recommend rosacea patients do whatever they feel comfortable with on advice from their medical doctor.
Medical treatment of rosacea flare ups consists of topical ointments and creams, oral antibiotics, or even laser treatments. These treatments are geared to reduce symptoms.
Diet and Lifestyle
Treating Rosacea with a diet and lifestyle focuses on prevention. Eating specific foods while avoiding others is vital. Lifestyle focuses on your surrounding and avoiding particular things in your environment.
Many things may trigger rosacea flare ups. It's a complicated disease, and it can be hard to determine the exact cause. Below are some everyday things that cause flare ups you'll want to consider avoiding.
This is a tough one as so many of us rely on beauty products daily and can't bear the thought of not using them. Some beauty products you'll want to contain fragrance and acid products.
This trigger is highly dependent on your location. This is not much of a concern for those in warm climates. For those who deal with the cold six months of the year, make sure to bundle up and keep skin exposure to a minimum. Be extra cautious on windy days!
Exercise can also trigger symptoms by dilating the unstable blood vessels. Some preventive measures you'll want to take with exercise are avoiding high intensity or long workouts. Keep it a shorter time and moderate intensity. You'll also want to prevent overheating and make sure to stay well hydrated.
This might not seem like it would trigger Rosacea but keep in mind that heat can exacerbate symptoms which means more red bumps! When we get hot, are blood vessels in our face expand and can bring out Rosacea.
Heat is not always avoidable, so you'll need to take extra caution in keeping cool.
Stress and Anxiety
Stress and anxiety can cause inflammation in the body triggering rosacea flare ups. Stress reduction is difficult and often out of our control. Any low intensity activity like meditation could be a great benefit in lowering stress levels.
Too much time in the sun is one of many factors that may trigger symptoms. Having fun in the sun is still manageable if you take extra precautions. Consider wearing a hat to keep the sun on your face. Always use a strong sunscreen that does not have Rosacea triggering ingredients.
Unfortunately, many of the triggers of this skin condition are out of control but avoiding these trigger foods is something we can control. A rosacea diet may help reduce the frequency of flare ups.
Your diet and Rosacea play a significant role. Let's start by minimizing the consumption of the food below.
Cutting down on alcohol consumption can reduce the symptoms of Rosacea. You'll want to make sure to note any particular alcoholic drinks that cause symptoms. Beer over wine is one recommendation. If beer is not your fancy, a drink on the rocks is a good option. You'll also want to drink at a slower pace and make sure to stay hydrated with glasses of water in between.
Dairy food consists of milk based products. While you don't have to cut it out completely, avoiding excess cheese, heavy cream, and rich foods will help reduce your rosacea symptoms.
Foods containing Cinnamaldehyde
Cinnamaldehyde is a chemical compound that is found in foods containing cinnamon. This substance can cause flare ups for those susceptible to Rosacea, so it's best to cut these types of food out during a flare up and then reintroduce them slowly after you've gotten better.
Common foods to avoid are cinnamon buns, apple pie, and doughnuts.
Foods that are considered hot or spicy should be kept to a minimum. Spicy food can be inflammatory and can trigger a rosacea flare up. If you have ever had spaghetti sauce that was too spicy and caused your skin to burn, this is what we are talking about. Common spicy foods are chili, jalapenos, and salsa.
Hot beverages such as hot chocolate or coffee can trigger rosacea flares. If you are drinking these beverages, make sure they are at room temperature or even colder to avoid rosacea flare ups.
How to determine your triggers
The best way to determine what sets off symptoms of Rosacea is to cut out all known foods, products, and environmental conditions. It's best to start a rosacea diet and then add each food back to your diet one at a time to determine it is safe. This is the management of Rosacea and allows you to pinpoint certain foods you'll need to cut out from your diet.
Additional ways to help
So far, we've only discussed foods, activities, and environmental factors that we need to cut or reduce. There are things we can do to help defend against Rosacea.
While many foods we should avoid, we should make sure to eat more of them and add to our rosacea diet. The role of dietary change can have a considerable influence on how often symptoms occur.
Foods high in omega 3 fat like salmon fish and flaxseeds are anti inflammatory. Also, fresh fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants that help fight Rosacea by keeping the skin cells healthy to regenerate faster.
Fermented foods can also help the gut microbiome and reduce inflammatory conditions in your body. Some examples of fermented food are kimchi, sauerkraut, and miso soup.
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The inflammatory skin condition known as Rosacea can be a complex condition to manage with many ways to trigger it. Controlling inflammation is a crucial aspect of preventing it. The combination of cutting out food that causes inflammation, eating healthy food with omega 3, and improving your gut health can help you get back control of the symptoms and live the life you want.