Rosacea is a skin condition that affects the face. It is considered a lifelong condition and is common to both men and women. General symptoms of rosacea include red or purple skin discoloration, and for most people, skin flushing. In fact, 90% of individuals who have rosacea experience flushing that lasts for hours. Nevertheless, rosacea is not considered a harmful condition, unless it is affecting the eyes.
As of now, there are no known causes for the development of rosacea. However, there are several theories established by experts that includes over exposure to the sun. Some people experience flushing after sun exposure. Another theory is the presence of skin mites on the face based on people diagnosed with rosacea and who have been found to have skin mites, which are believed to instigate skin inflammation resulting to flushes.
Although rosacea is not altogether a dangerous skin condition, it can be very unpleasant to look at. And while there is no definite cure for it, rosacea can be managed and controlled to a certain degree. Treatments for rosacea include topical creams, oral medication, and laser surgery. All these methods can control skin flushing and reduce the appearance of spots and blemishes. The best way to deal with rosacea, however, is to prevent flushing from occurring in the first place. Some of the well-known factors that contribute to flushing are sunlight, stress, and even certain foods.
There is a long list of foods that contribute to the flushing of the skin as a result of rosacea. It has to be noted though that these foods only trigger rosacea when taken in high amounts. Vitamins B6 and B12, tomatoes, sausages, hot beverages, pepper (black and red), vinegar, garlic, cheese, milk, eggplants, spinach, raisins, bananas, and chocolate.
There’s no exact reason why these foods worsen rosacea, but if you look a little closer on the nature of rosacea, you might get some idea. For one, flushing of the skin occurs when the small blood vessels in the face are dilated. One reason for this may be prolonged exposure to sun, which damaged the blood vessels. So what has food got to do with blood vessel dilation? Actually, there are several foods that can increase the temperature of the body, which results to the dilation of blood vessels. In the same manner, some foods promote the release of histamine, which can also dilate the blood vessels.
The key to controlling rosacea is not to avoid the foods that cause it, but rather, to take them in moderate amounts. It’s also important to have a well-balanced diet, rich in food that are essential for keeping the skin healthy and free from diseases.