Does caffeine trigger rosacea?

Caffeine and Rosacea
Caffeine and Rosacea
Caffeine and Rosacea

There a number of widely known ways to modify your diet to reduce the effects of rosacea – drink more water, avoid spicy food, drink green tea, avoid eggs, avoid meat, avoid milk. But one that doesn’t have as much of an emphasis is the avoidance of caffeine.

In terms of diet, the best approach is the removal of rosacea triggers one at a time, then a gradual re-introduction to see which of them are a trigger to you. There are some people who can drink a moderate amount of caffeine without any negative effects, while others have a flare up from ingesting a single cup of coffee or can of cola!

The tricky thing with testing the effect that caffeine has on your rosacea is that it is in all kinds of products that you might not have thought of. You will find caffeine not only in cola and coffee, but in black tea! Even green tea has a small amount of caffeine, but it is considered to be so small that it’s unlikely it would cause a rosacea flareup. One source of caffeine that many may not be familiar with is chocolate. Virtually every chocolate bar has caffeine in it, so if you are being rigorous as you test the effect of caffeine on your rosacea, you will need to also avoid chocolate. Yes, very harsh I know!

Another strange one is the presence of caffeine in all kinds of commercial drinks, including flavored teas and sports drinks. Read those labels carefully!

You should get off caffeine (or substantially reduce it) for at least a month to see what effect it has on your skin. If your skin is better it is safe to assume that caffeine does have an effect and you need to monitor your intake of the chemical very carefully.

Studies actually suggest that the temperature of beverages also plays a role. So rosacea sufferers who has stopped drinking coffee and have seen their skin improve sometimes are seeing an improvement because they aren’t drinking scalding hot beverages 5 times a day! So consider the temperature of your beverages as well.

But why is caffeine of particular concern? It turns out that the chemical is a vascular constrictor, which means it constricts blood vessels. That sounds like it might be useful in the reduction of rosacea, given that the flushing from rosacea is the dilation of blood vessels in the face. Well it is – briefly. After the caffeine restricts the blood vessels, they dilate even further, exacerbating the skin condition for most people.

Scientists have also said that if you really drink a lot of caffeine it can increased the production of sebum, which makes your face more oily!

Keep in mind that because rosacea is a complex skin condition, with no known cure and many variables that caffeine may or may not be one of your key problems. To ascertain if it is, approach your diet and lifestyle scientifically. Use a journal, write down what you ate and drank each day and take notes on the condition of your skin – or better yet take a photo at the same times every day. Perhaps one in the morning and one in the evening. Then try removing caffeine for 4 weeks and check the results. Keep in mind if you are reducing caffeine but ingesting too much of another rosacea trigger like chillies, the chillies could be obscuring the result of skipping the caffeine!

By a careful and analytical approach to possible rosacea triggers you find out what works best for you. Don’t forget the forums are available to discuss rosacea food triggers with others going through the same journey!

Rosacea Diet

Rosacea Diet
Rosacea Diet
Rosacea Diet

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.

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.

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 occaisional drink, but avoid overdoing it, any more than 4 drinks and you are at risk of bringing on a rosacea flareup.

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.

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.