Rosacea Causes and Risk Factors
- Problems with blood vessels in the skin
- Sun damage/UV radiation
- Demodex, a microscopic mite that is a normal inhabitant of human facial skin
- Reactions and side effects to certain medications
- Having light, sensitive skin and eyes
- Redness in the face, especially toward the center in the cheeks and nose
- Spider veins
- Swelling and painful skin
- Sensitive skin
- Stinging and burning in the skin
- Easily blushing when embarrassed
- Acne-like breakouts and overly oily skin
- Large, visible and inflamed pores
- Raised patches of skin called plaques
- Bumpy texture to the skin
- Parts of the skin that thicken
- Sensitivity of the skin around the eyes
Types of Rosacea
- Subtype 1 (erythematotelangiectatic rosacea): Characterized by facial redness, flushing and visible blood vessels
- Subtype 2 (papulopustular rosacea): Characterized by acne-like breakouts and sensitivity, persistent redness, bumpa and pimples
- Subtype 3 (phymatous rosacea): Characterized by swelling, fluid retention, thickening skin, redness and various symptoms from other subtypes
- Subtype 4 (ocular rosacea): Characterized by rosacea around the eyes (2)
1. Identify Diet TriggersSkin inflammation can be a sign of a food allergy or sensitivity. Natural treatments for rosacea includes an anti-inflammatory diet free of potential allergens. Foods that act as home remedies for rosacea include:
- Organic fruits and vegetables: Organic produce contains antioxidants, vitamin and minerals that help protect the skin. Leafy greens along with orange and yellow fruits and vegetables are especially helpful for fighting skin damage.
- Healthy fats: Olive oil, coconut oil, nuts, seeds and avocado can help fight inflammation and manage stress levels.
- Anti-inflammatory foods and herbs: Herbs and foods for rosacea treatment include turmeric, ginger, garlic, onions, tomatoes, cruciferous vegetables and green tea. (3)
- Potential allergens: Common allergens include dairy, gluten, shellfish, seafood, nuts and eggs.
- Caffeine and alcohol: Alcohol and caffeine can increase facial redness and flushing.
- Sugar and processed foods: Sugar causes inflammation and can easily aggravate skin disorders. Avoid processed and packaged foods along with artificial sweeteners and ingredients.
- Fried foods: Refined vegetable oils including corn, soybean, sunflower, safflower and canola oils are high in omega-6 fats. Avoid fried foods, trans fats and hydrogenated oils to help reduce inflammation.