Having a healthy diet helps to manage rosacea. It is important to note that rosacea cannot be cured, but it can be controlled.
What Foods to Eat
According to one theory about the triggers of rosacea on the skin, rosacea sufferers have lower levels of blood pH, and thus less oxygen and hydrogen reaches the face, causing rosacea flare-ups. Thus, in order to improve your body’s blood pH and thereby lessen your rosacea flare-ups, you must eat food and drink beverages high in alkaline.
Among the foods and food ingredients that are very high in alkaline are pumpkin seeds, hydrogenated oils, lentils, seaweed, onions, taro root, sea vegetables, sweet potato, yam, limes, nectarine, persimmons, raspberries, watermelons, tangerines and pineapples.
Meanwhile, in terms of beverages, alkaline water is considered to be the best source of alkaline for improving rosacea conditions.
What Foods to Avoid
According to Dr. Geoffrey Nasa, Ph.D., a Microvascular Physiologist who is an expert on rosacea, allergies to food can be one of the causes or triggers of rosacea flare-ups. There are therefore certain foods that rosacea sufferers must avoid they have been found to cause flare-ups for most rosacea sufferers.
According to a list compiled by the National Rosacea Society, these foods include the following: liver, yogurt, sour cream, all cheeses except for cottage cheese, chocolate, vanilla, soy sauce, yeast extract, vinegar, eggplants, avocados, spinach, lima beans, peas, tomatoes, bananas, red plums, raisins, figs, spicy food and food high in histamine.
What Is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a skin disease that is characterized by the frequent reddening and flushing of the face, the presence of small bumps in clusters on the face, a swollen nose and thick skin. Rosacea can also affect the eyes, and in this case it is called ocular rosacea, and is characterized by red, itchy and dry eyes.
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