Patricia Zifferblatt | April 1, 2008

Rosacea is an inflammatory skin disorder that is more common in people with light skin, affects more women than men, and typically begins after 30. The National Rosacea Society lists the symptoms as:
  • Redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead
  • Small visible blood vessels on the face
  • Bumps or pimples on the face
  • Watery or irritated eyes
There is no cure or even a known cause, but treatment can reduce or eliminate the symptoms. Medical treatment usually starts with antibiotic or hydrocortisone treatments, lotions, or creams. When these treatments do not work well, further treatments are available through a dermatologist.

But in the meantime, here are a few practical suggestions:
  • Eat a healthy diet to include fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid all junk foods and foods high in sugar or fat.

  • Drink eight glasses of pure water every day.

  • Avoid sun exposure and always use a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher; sun exposure was rated the most common trigger in a survey of rosacea patients, with hot weather and wind coming in third and fourth.

  • Learn to manage stress, the second most common trigger.

  • Limit alcohol and all highly spiced foods.

  • Get checked for food allergies and sensitivities.

  • Supplement daily with a high-quality vitamin and mineral supplement.

  • Take beta carotene daily; beta carotene converts to vitamin A in the body without the fear of an overdose.

  • Omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce inflammation.

  • Eat a diet rich in antioxidants; only a few antioxidant-rich foods have been identified as rosacea triggers, and they don’t cause a flare-up in all patients (see the complete list of triggers). Learn which foods to avoid, and concentrate on the others.
Until medical science finds a reason or cure for rosacea, the above is what Better Life recommends. Finding your personal triggers is essential: 96% of rosacea sufferers surveyed by the National Rosacea Society said avoiding those factors reduced their flare-ups. And it’s of utmost importance to see a dermatologist regularly--with proper diagnosis and treatment, living with rosacea becomes much easier.
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