Patient Comments: Rosacea - Triggers and Diet

Have you noticed any triggers for your rosacea? Which foods do you avoid, and which foods help your skin?

Comment from: barbara, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

I have found that dairy products, in particular cheese cause the itchy red spots to appear. Also, if eating citrus fruit, particularly oranges, and the juice splashes into my face, it causes burning, followed by extreme dryness to the skin and the appearance of tiny red pimples and yellow head spots. Avoiding these food groups helps to clear the rosacea up.

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Comment from: Laura, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

I have been struggling with acne rosacea for 30 years. I recently figured out (after being told for years that there wasn't really a dietary connection) that dairy causes it for me. I gave up anything having to do with cow's milk, including butter, cheese, sour cream and buttermilk, the results of which have been nothing short of dramatic. I am amazed. My face has cleared. I regret that I did not make this connection earlier because it would have saved me a lot of heart ache.

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Comment from: John, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 18

I'm a professional mathematician. Certain foods trigger my rosacea: chocolate, vanilla, coffee, tea, garlic, chili peppers and their derivatives, peanut butter and almond butter. Other foods can trigger it, but only if I eat a large helping, for example, smoked wild salmon, extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

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Comment from: 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 02

Spicy food, any alcohol, chilies and cheese trigger my rosacea.

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