Rosacea is a common chronic inflammatory disease that affects the skin on the face and causes it to look blushed, “ruddy”, or even sunburned.
Flaking and dryness
Bumps and pimples
Enlarged blood vessels
Rosacea can affect the eyes too and cause:
While the cause of rosacea is unknown, it may be due to:
A reaction to ongoing inflammation in the body
Changes in the immune system
Changes in the gut microbiome
Changes in diet may play a role in addressing rosacea, where some foods and beverages can make it worse, including:
Capsaicin (spices and peppers) and other spicy foods
Nuts (cashews, peanuts, walnuts)
Refined sugars and sugary foods
Processed vegetable oils
Food additives and preservatives
Carbonated drinks and sugary juices
H. pylori infection
Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Impaired gut health and gastrointestinal conditions can cause systemic inflammation, and impair your immune system (remember, 80% of your immune system is located in your gut).
Supporting a healthy gut microbiome and resolving GI issues can result in improvements in rosacea. General strategies to promote a healthy gut microbiome include:
Explore your gut health (get tested)
Address microbiome imbalances and infections
Resolve impaired digestion
Other nutrients that may be beneficial for rosacea include:
Omega 3 fatty acids (anti-inflammatory)
Salmon and fish, and fish oils
Seaweed and sea vegetables (marine sources)
Walnuts (if not histamine sensitive)
Zinc (important for the immune system, acts as an antioxidant and is anti-inflammatory):
Something to keep in mind is that there is significant variation between us in the make up of our microbiomes (and in general, this is why there is no one-size-fits-all approach). Your microbiome is as unique as your fingerprint, and variations can be due to genetics, diet, environmental exposures, personal hygiene, geography, and more.
Your skin is your largest organ. It protects your body, makes vitamin D, is important for detoxification, and much more.
Your gut microbiome is your second largest organ, and gut dysfunction can cause skin problems.
Food can play a role in skin (and gut) health too.
Learn what foods and what natural chemicals found in healthy foods can trigger skin problems and rashes like eczema, rosacea, acne, dermatitis, and psoriasis among others, why this happens, and what you can do about it in the Skin Rash Food Triggers e-Book.