If you have rosacea you know how frustrating and sometimes embarrassing it can be. Even when you haven’t been exercising, or out in the sun, your face can still take on an unpleasant shade of scarlet. If you aren’t already aware, there are likely key triggers that are causing the flair-ups, while other times it appears to happen for no reason at all.
The cause of rosacea is unknown, but is not caused by poor hygiene. A number of factors can trigger or aggravate rosacea by increasing blood flow to the surface of your skin. Some of these factors include:
Hot Food and Drink: Hot temperature food may aggravate rosacea. Waiting for your food to cool down instead of eating it piping hot from the oven or limiting the cups of hot coffee that you drink may make a big difference.
Alcohol: Alcohol, especially beer and wine, are very high in histamine, which causes rosacea symptoms.
Spicy Foods: You should avoid any food that contains trigger spices, such as white, black or red pepper, cayenne, curry powder or paprika.
Dairy: Chocolate and vanilla have also been found to provoke rosacea. Yogurt and sour cream are also common triggers.
Foods Containing Vinegar: Ketchup, mayonnaise, pickles, pickled beets, chili sauce, olives and relishes are all high in histamine and can cause rosacea flare-ups.
Experts don’t have a clear understanding of exactly what causes this chronic skin condition, but they do know that it’s hereditary. Besides avoiding triggers that may cause it to flair, a Denver skin clinic dermatologist can prescribe medications, applied directly to the skin, which can help control rosacea symptoms and progression.