Unfortunately there isn’t a cure for rosacea yet, and rosacea sufferers need to rely on a mixture of dietary measures, creams, drugs, moisturizers and behavior modification to stop rosacea from flaring up. But what exactly is a rosacea diet?
A rosacea diet is one that voids certain foods and embraces others to reduce the frequency of rosacea flareups. With some careful planning of your diet it’s actually very easy to modify what you eat and drink and see a noticeable change in the quality of your skin.
Rosacea affects an estimated 15 million people in the world, so you are not alone! There are a number of support forums (including the one on this website) so if you have any questions on the material below, feel free to ask. Chances are someone has already had the same question previously.
No one actually knows what causes rosacea but some theories include bacteria, stomach problems or a defect in the tissue on the face. Despite this, by following some simple steps you can make your rosacea disappear.
The importance of water
One of the keys in a rosacea diet is the use of water and alkaline drinks. You should try to drink 6-8 glasses of water per day, which not only keeps you feeling fresh and hydrated, but is known to reduce the severity of rosacea. An additional benefit is that you will see your eyes looking clearer and brighter as well as your stomach and digestive system feeling better. Some specialists have said that alkaline drinks such as carrot juice, spinach and so on can help lower the acidity in your body, adding to overall health and helping combat rosacea.
Foods to avoid
There are some foods that you should avoid. Number 1 in those is spicy foods! Anything with lots of chilli, spices and hot sauce should be avoided as rosacea sufferers over the years have found a link between those kinds of foods and rosacea episodes. If you love spicy foods you can use a process of elimination to see if you really need them. Follow all of the rosacea diet tips in this article, until your flareups reduce, then re-introduce spicy food and see if it is a trigger for you.
Unfortunately for people who like a tipple, alcohol is known to be a cause for rosacea flareups. You can still enjoy the occasional drink, but avoid overdoing it, any more than 4 drinks and you are at risk of bringing on a rosacea flareup.
Protein intake and rosacea
The next part of the rosacea diet is tricky because it involves proteins in general. Some people have noted that dairy food, meat, and eggs are capable of causing a flareup. It is one reason why some rosacea sufferers become vegetarians.
Once they remove a few proteins or lower the intake of some proteins they have seen an improvement so went vegetarian. To test this, it is recommended that you try a month of very low intake of meat, dairy and eggs and see if a noticeable change occurs.
Rosacea sufferers have reported that the protein issue is not as important as the previous three (lots of water, avoid spicy food, avoid alcohol). So many people with rosacea enjoy a moderate level of meat/dairy/eggs in their diet but have cured their rosacea with lots of water, no spicy food and low or no alcohol in their diet.
Keeping track of your food
The key is to be very analytical about it. Keep a journal and jot down your diet and the frequency of outbreaks to see if a causation can be spotted. With some of these major irritants it is best to get off them completely for a month and see what effect it has on your skin, then reintroduce slowly to see what happens. Also the water rule always applies! Get drinking, it will help your rosacea and also improve your overall health.