Your Rosacea Diet
Blushing easily, redness on the face, broken blood vessels and pimples are symptoms of rosacea, a common skin condition that one in 10 people in the UK. Around half of rosacea sufferers also experience eye redness, tearing or burning and eyelid inflammation. Treatment aims at controlling your symptoms, typically through antibiotics, topical creams, sun protection and laser treatments however dietary changes can have a positive impact.
Mildly Seasoned Foods
Although you can eat most any food when faced with rosacea, certain foods may trigger or worsen your symptoms. A survey conducted by the National Rosacea Society involving 1,066 rosacea patients revealed spicy foods as the most common potential food trigger, posing problems for 45 percent of the participants. Replacing spicy foods with foods flavoured with milder seasoning, such as natural herbs like basil, may help reduce and control your symptoms.
Cold-water fish, such as salmon, herring, halibut, mackerel, lake trout, flounder and sardines, contribute rich amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, essential fats with anti-inflammatory properties. Omega-3 fatty acids may help alleviate dry eyes associated with rosacea, according to a report published in the “Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology” in Sept. 2008. Cold-water fish also provide heart-healthy protein alternatives to marinated red meats, which may increase inflammation, and trigger or worsen rosacea symptoms in some people.
Flaxseed and Walnuts
Flaxseed and walnuts are top plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Some dermatologists recommend flaxseed oil for alleviating ocular rosacea, which affects the eyes, according to the “Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology” report. Flaxseed, flaxseed oil and walnuts can be eaten on their own or as nutritious additions to cereal, yogurt or smoothies.
Non-Acidic Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are prime sources of antioxidants, including vitamin C, which may help alleviate inflammation, and A, which may provide effects similar to acne medications, according to the UMMC. If acidic foods worsen your symptoms, limit or avoid citrus fruits and juices, tomatoes, tomato products and marinated vegetables. Fruits and vegetables less likely to trigger rosacea flareups and particularly rich in antioxidants include berries, cherries, kiwi, cantaloupe, mango, avocados, leafy greens, broccoli, bell peppers, pumpkins, carrots and squash.