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If you have rosacea, it may feel like food is your enemy. Many foods act as rosacea triggers, depending on the individual. However, your diet can play a powerful role in managing your rosacea symptoms. If you struggle with your symptoms even with treatment, making these dietary changes may be the final piece of the puzzle.
Rosacea is a skin condition that can take several forms. The most common signs of rosacea include:
This condition can also affect your nose or eyes. Rosacea occurs most often in adult women but can affect anyone of any age. Your immune system and genetics, hormonal, and health factors play a role in this condition. People with rosacea usually have several factors that trigger a flare of their condition, including temperature changes, skin care and household products, and foods.
*individual results may vary.
Many people with rosacea have learned to avoid certain foods that are likely to trigger a flare-up. However, you may be exposed to elements of your diet that contribute to your chronic inflammation without knowing it. Fortunately, an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant diet filled with probiotics can help calm your skin
No rosacea diet will work for everyone because each person has different triggers. Ingredients or foods that bother another individual may not affect you. At Twin Ports Dermatology, we will guide you through a process of trial and error to remove your triggers while keeping your diet as open and enjoyable as possible.
Since rosacea is an inflammatory condition, adding anti-inflammatory and antioxidant rich foods to your diet can decrease this inflammation, making your skin less red and easily irritated. Foods with high levels of antioxidants include:
We also recommend adding anti-inflammatory foods to your diet, especially omega-3 fatty acids. Popular ways to add this to your meals include seafood (especially oily fish like salmon), nuts, and seeds (especially chia and flax seeds).
The gut plays a strong role in inflammation, so pre and probiotics can also improve rosacea symptoms.
Prebiotics are foods that encourage the growth of our normal gut microflora, maintaining a healthy gut and controlling inflammatory processes. They include high-fiber foods like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Probiotics contain bacteria that benefit your gut microbiome, maintaining a balance that reduces inflammation.
Our expert providers here at Twin Ports Dermatology would be happy to meet with you for an in-person consultation. Simply fill out the form on this page, and one of our trusted staff members will reach out to you promptly to schedule your consultation.
Each person with rosacea has different triggers. If you have chronic rosacea that has not responded well to treatment, you can experiment with eliminating these elements from your diet and adding them back over time:
Many fruits and vegetables contain tiny amounts of compounds such as histamine and niacin that cause no issues for most people but can trigger problems for some people with rosacea.
*individual results may vary
If you would like to schedule an in-person consultation, please fill out the form on this page and one of our knowledgeable medical staff members at Twin Ports Dermatology will reach out to you promptly. You can also call our Duluth, MN office directly to schedule: 218-302-1000.
Twin Ports Dermatology serves the greater Duluth area. We’re the only locally owned private dermatology clinic & medspa in the area.
*Individual results may vary