Do Certain Foods Trigger Rosacea?It’s no secret that certain foods you eat and activities you do can trigger rosacea flare-ups. Rosacea is a skin condition that causes facial redness and if left untreated, it can cause a secondary condition called rhinophyma. This can cause the nose to swell and become bumpy, referred to as a “bulbous” nose. While not all patients with rosacea share the same triggers, to follow is a look into the some of the most common triggers of this condition.

Food and Drink

  • Dairy such as yogurt, sour cream, cheese, chocolate
  • Foods with high acidity such as citrus fruits or tomatoes
  • Bananas
  • Plums, raisins, figs
  • Eggplant
  • Avocado
  • Spinach
  • Spicy foods
  • Foods that are hot in temperature
  • Alcohol: red wine, beer, bourbon, gin, vodka, champagne
  • Hot drinks: coffee, tea, hot chocolate

In order to determine what foods trigger your rosacea, it is recommended to keep a log of what you consume daily and record any flare-ups. Once you have determined what is a trigger for you, you can avoid or make substitutions for those foods and drinks. Sometimes the temperature of the food alone can contribute to rosacea symptoms, so allowing food to cool before eating can help to avoid flare-ups.

An exact cause for rosacea has yet to be determined. In addition to food and drink, other activities, conditions and emotions can trigger the symptoms of rosacea.

Weather Conditions That Trigger Rosacea

  • Extreme hot or cold weather
  • Humidity
  • Excessive wind
  • Sunshine

Other Reported Triggers

  • Medications including topical steroids, opiates, and possibly blood pressure medications
  • Menopause
  • Stress, anxiety and emotional outbursts

It is best to identify triggers and begin treatment immediately once rosacea is present. For some patients, rosacea migrates to the eyes. Rosacea may be treated with topical or oral medications, and when appropriate, cosmetic laser treatments may be required to resurface facial skin.


Rosacea Treatments in Grosse Point

To learn more about rosacea or any other medical dermatology treatments offered by Dr. Balle, contact us today and schedule a consultation. Our offices are located in Grosse Pointe, and you can reach us at (313) 886-2000. We look forward to serving you.

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