There are foods that help and foods that aggravate rosacea. So, basing your diet on that knowledge can go a long way in controlling rosacea.
Remember, there is no known cure for rosacea, so it becomes very important that you learn to manage and live with it based on these simple dietary recommendations, apart from any medications that you may use to control acute flare-ups.
Effective Diet Treatment For Rosacea
Certain foods are known to aggravate the symptoms of rosacea. So you should pay particular attention to the foods you are consuming to see if the addition of any food item is leading to the aggravation of symptoms.
Such foods are likely to be acid-forming foods like alcohol, coffee, grains, cereals, vinegar, eggs, oily food, red meat, and excess sugar and salt. You can also do some experimentation by eliminating some food items from your diet for some time and reintroducing them one at a time to see if the symptoms flare-up on their introduction. To do this, you may maintain a food diary to keep track of the food items.
Foods to Avoid
There are certain known triggers for rosacea, which are harmful because they contribute to the inflammation and lead to dilatation of blood vessels in the skin. These include spicy foods, certain fruits, hot caffeinated drinks and alcoholic beverages. The alcoholic beverages that are the main culprits are red wine, followed by hard liquor and beer. The spices that need to be avoided are chilli powder, cayenne pepper, red pepper, black pepper, white pepper, curry powder and paprika. Substitute such spices by oregano or cumin, and instead of curry powder, try turmeric, coriander and cinnamon.
The fruits that are most likely to aggravate the symptoms of rosacea are tomatoes and citrus fruits. More than the caffeine it is the temperature of the caffeinated drink that that contributes to the flare-up of the symptoms. So, consuming them cold is less harmful. Eliminate also highly sugary fruits like oranges, mango, pineapple and papaya.
Alkaline Mediterranean Diet
Alkaline foods help because they are anti-inflammatory. This diet consists principally of plant foods like greens, nuts, seeds, cereals, potatoes, vegetables, breads; fresh fruits like grapes, figs and pomegranates; dairy products like yogurt and cheese; poultry and fish in moderate amounts; and very little red meat.
The chief oil to be used for cooking is olive oil. You can also use pH strips on saliva or urine samples to check how the acidity of your body fluids is being reduced due to this diet.
Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Increased consumption of omega-3 fatty acids is helpful because they reduce the inflammation. The most potent sources of omega-3 fatty acids in plants are freshly ground flax seeds and flaxseed oil. Fish that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids are salmon, mackerel, sardines, herring and halibut. Omega-3 fatty acids also help combat the rosacea affecting the eye by preventing the dryness of the eyes.
Foods that are naturally fermented are rich in probiotics (certain bacteria), which are thought to be beneficial in rosacea. Examples are kefir and yogurt.
But you have to use these food items with care and watchfulness because paradoxically in some patients they can also act as triggers for the symptoms of rosacea. Alternatively, you can try probiotic supplements.