Rosacea and your diet

Lots of people have been asking me recently about what I do to help control my rosacea.  I wrote a post a little while back sharing skincare tips but thought i’d share some advice today on what helps me in terms of diet.

What is Rosacea?

For those who don’t know or who suspect they may have rosacea, this is what it is:

Rosacea is a poorly understood, long term skin condition that mainly affects the face. It can start with mild flushing and redness of the cheeks.  Symptoms can develop further and some people experience burning and stinging sensations, spots and permanent redness. You can calm and control symptoms of rosacea but you cannot ‘cure’ it.

Eat Foods That Contain Healing Nutrients

You read about the obvious ‘triggers’ that can offset a flare up; spicy food and alcohol etc but there are lots of positive steps you can make to keep your rosacea and skin looking at its best. Here are a few tips that might help you…

Food rich in Vitamin C

We need Vitamin C for a healthy, fully functioning immune system. An immune system that is functioning well ensures that things like blemishes, scarring and skin heal properly and efficiently. Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant which defends our skin from damage.

Best sources of Vitamin C include, broccoli, blueberries, kiwi fruit, blackberries and dark green leafy vegetables like kale and spinach.

Vitamin E

Another source of powerful antioxidants that fight inflammation and supports skin growth and repair. It’s also anti-ageing, woo! I replaced cow’s milk with almond milk a couple of years ago and i haven’t looked back since. My rosacea really doesn’t like dairy.

Best Sources of Vitamin E include: Nuts (almonds contain the most apparently), Spinach, sunflower seeds, avocados and olive oil.

Other nutritious and beneficial things I incorporate into my daily routine

  • I drink Green Tea which contains anti-oxidants
  • I drink Chamomile Tea which is caffeine free and contains anti inflammatory properties
  • I try and drink lots of water.  Skin needs moisture to look and feel its best. By drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated, the nutrients in our body are effectively and efficiently delivered to where they are supposed to be. As a result we look fresher, we feel better and we ARE healthier.

My Triggers:

Too much caffeine

Cheese

Alcohol

Cow’s milk

Cream

Everyone’s rosacea is different so see what works for you, but I hope this little post helps in some way if you are finding it tricky. Thanks for reading!

Herbs and Herbs x

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