Foods to Eat and Avoid In Rosacea

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a skin condition in which the affected individual’s becomes persistently red with prominence of facial blood vessels. There may also be small blisters seen on the face which resemble a pimple. These blisters are filled with pus. The classic symptoms of Rosacea tend to wax and wane. It normally takes about a couple of months for the symptoms of Rosacea to calm down. This condition is often mistaken for another skin disorder called Acne due to the similarity between the symptoms of these two conditions.

Rosacea can affect any individual but is commonly seen in females above the age of 30 and have a fair complexion. The primary cause of Rosacea is not known but there are some environmental factors along with the genetic makeup of the individual which plays an important role in the development of this condition.

There is really no specific definite cure for this disease but with treatment the symptoms of Rosacea can be controlled to a significant degree. Eating hot and spicy food consistently, alcohol abuse, and taking certain antihypertensives increase the chances of an individual developing Rosacea. The article informs about what foods to eat and avoid for an individual who has been diagnosed with Rosacea.

Foods to Eat and Avoid In Rosacea

What are the Foods to Eat for Rosacea?

Bland vegetables like sweet potatoes, cucumbers, green vegetables, cauliflower, and green beans are quite effective in controlling the symptoms of Rosacea. Additionally, spices that cool the body like saffron and coriander when mixed with food are also quite effective.

For non-vegetarians, eating salmon fish which is filled with omega-3 is excellent for controlling the symptoms of Rosacea. Omega-3 is a natural antiinflammatory and decreases the redness in the face caused by the disease.

Eating moderate amounts of chicken can also help in calming down the symptoms of Rosacea. Coming to fruits, eating fruits which do not contain citrus is also helpful like grapes and mango.

Turmeric is a natural medicine and is also quite effective in controlling the symptoms of Rosacea. Studies reveal that an individual with Rosacea should have a diet comprising of about 40% vegetables, another 40% of proteins, and about 15-20% of grains like oats, sprouts, and bread. Refined sugar can also be used as a method to counter the symptoms of Rosacea.

What Are The Foods To Avoid For Rosacea?

An individual with Rosacea Pungent needs to avoid vegetables like onions, tomatoes, carrots, and spinach. The individual completely abstain from alcohol and caffeinated products like tea or coffee as such drinks dilate the blood pressure resulting in increased blood flow to the face making it red.

It is also essential to avoid citrus food as it is detrimental when it comes to treating and controlling the symptoms of Rosacea, as they produce histamine. Foods containing starch like potatoes should also be avoided as they tend to increase the blisters or bumps on the face.

Spices like pepper, cloves, and ginger should also be avoided to control the symptoms of Rosacea. Among non-vegetarians, excepting fish and chicken in moderation, it is essential to avoid any other form of non-vegetarian food like beef or pork. It is also essential to avoid any sea food except fish as long as the symptoms of Rosacea are active.

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:March 7, 2019

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