April is National Rosacea Awareness Month and we find it appropriate to take the opportunity to explore this very common skin condition with our readers.
According to the National Rosacea Society, rosacea.org, over 16 million Americans suffer from rosacea, many without even knowing they have it. It is most common in people age 30-50 and individuals with fair skin. Those who tend to flush or blush easily are believed to be at greatest risk.
Even though this disorder is more frequently diagnosed in women it can be more severe in men. The most common signs of rosacea include: flushing, persistent redness, bumps, pimples, and visible capillaries. Other less prevalent signs range anywhere from burning or stinging, dry skin, plaques, skin thickening, swelling, and eye irritation.
phymatous rosacea described as skin thickening and enlargement bumpy texture
ocular rosacea affecting with symptoms of watering, bloodshot appearance, irritation, itching, gritty feeling, burning or stinging
Symptoms can have such an effect on self esteem that 41 percent of rosacea sufferers reported it had caused them to avoid public contact or cancel social engagements (National Rosacea Society).
The Determining Genetic Factors Include:
- Rosacea tends to run in families, and found in individuals with an over active immune system.
- H pylori, since it is commonly found in rosacea sufferers but not all individuals with H pylori have rosacea
- The demodex mite which lives on everyone's skin but is found in larger quantities in rosacea.
- A protein called cathelicidin which normally protects the skin from infection but causes the inflammation seen in rosacea.
Though the medical community does not yet know the direct cause of rosacea they are starting to recognize intestinal influences.
Rosacea Inspired Diet
- Mineral water spritzers can be made from still or effervescent mineral waters (like San Pelegrino or San Faustino). These mineral waters can be combined with a few drops to a couple of ounces of any juice. Pomegranate, apple cider, lemon, lime and acai juices are suggested here. Mineral waters offer an easy way to boost dietary mineral intake.
- Emphasize anti-inflammatory foods that work to reduce vascular flushing. Anti-inflammatory foods are generally plant-based, mineral dense, and minimally processed. Fruits and vegetables, especially dark and leafy greens, are particularly anti-inflammatory.
- Limit hot and stimulating foods that dilate blood vessels. Allow food and beverages to cool slightly before consuming them. Limit intake of coffee to one cup per day. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, spicy foods with tomatoes and peppers, and sodas and sweets that can aggravate vascular inflammation.
- Eliminate fried and fast foods along with artificial sweeteners, colors, and flavors. In general, opt for whole foods found complete in nature.
- A vegetarian diet is not required. But it is important to strongly emphasize anti-inflammatory, plant-based foods like beans and nuts, complete whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and quality oils like olive oil.
- Limit meat, saturated fats, dairy that contribute to inflammatory pathways. When consuming animal products, select organic or wild or grass-fed varieties to avoid genetic engineering, supplemental hormones, and antibiotics that can leave these foods far from what nature originally intended them to be. Opt for lean, organic meats and organic eggs when consuming them. You may want to strictly exclude dairy from your diet for six months to observe the impact it has on your body and rosacea symptoms.
- If it's too difficult to transition to this entire diet overnight, transition meal by meal. Be patient and persistent. Be prepared to practice this diet at a minimum of 90% compliance for a minimum of three-to-six months to determine its potential impact on your rosacea.
- Wholesome snacks are included to avoid blood sugar spikes and crashes that can feed inflammation. Snacks are also included to avoid consumption of very large meals which may generate larger amounts of heat in the digestive process.
There is also a lot more you can do about your diet besides discovering triggers. Increase the amount of fruits and vegetables you eat, especially dark green vegetables, such as broccoli, spinach, kale and asparagus. Look for foods high in vitamin A, beta-carotene, bioflavonoids and vitamin C and add them into your diet.
- B-vitamins: choose a good B-complex, with many different forms of B vitamins.
- Vitamin E: is both a great antioxidant and helps skin to heal.
- Vitamin A: is essential for skin health and healing. Be careful about dosage with vitamin A. High amounts of vitamin A (over 8,000 iu) are harmful to fetuses and should not be used by anyone who has the chance of becoming pregnant.
- Zinc: helps speed wound healing and has been used in acne.
- Essential Fatty Acids: fish and flax oil are great for the skin and the entire body.
- Selenium: is a great antioxidant and helps support skin health.
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Jamie Palmer/Osmosis.com dermaharmony.com