Thanks for all the great advice on my rosacea. It’s inline with everything I’ve read over the past couple of days, especially in regards to diet. From what I gathered here and elsewhere on the internet, diet is everything.
I have spent the last year being so careful to avoid restricting/eliminating foods…and here I am. Better in some ways, mentally at least, but worse off in others. Sometimes, it really does seem like you can’t win. Based on what I’ve read, these are the most common dietary triggers for rosacea flare ups.
Pickled or smoked meats, soy sauce, sauerkraut, kimchee, and aged or fermented cheeses such as blue cheese
Fresh or uncultured dairy products may be okay
Ketchup, mayonnaise, pickles, pickled beets, chili sauce, olives and relishes; avocados, eggplant, mushrooms, spinach and tomatoes; citrus fruits, bananas and red plums
- White, black or red pepper, cayenne, curry powder or paprika
Um. That leaves carrots. Carrots seem safe.
I wouldn’t dream of eliminating everything on that list, but it’s worth trying one or more at a time and look for significant improvements. I’ll start with dairy (super hard) and wheat (not hard).
My instincts tell me that a change in diet will dramatically improve my rosacea. I’m nervous. I don’t want to tell people that I don’t eat this/that for fear they will think I’m on a diet. You know, chubby girl stops eating wheat for her “skin” (nudge-nudge, wink-wink) and suddenly everyone is looking to see if I lose weight. And if I don’t lose weight? People will wonder exactly how many carrots I’m eating.
Rosacea or not, I do believe diet can improve or eliminate certain diseases–besides the obvious ones like heart disease and T2 diabetes. I know someone who was recently diagnosed with Stage VI breast cancer, and she is eating an alkaline diet along with chemo, of course. My mom’s fibromyalgia improved greatly when she stop eating gluten and diary. I’m sure you have plenty of stories, too. In fact, I’d love to hear your “miracles of diet” stories. I need a little something to remind me that I can do this, and it will be worth it.