Best and worst foods for rosacea sufferers

 Best and worst foods for rosacea sufferers

Lena Fisher

A rosacea is a chronic inflammation of the skin that manifests itself mainly in the center of the face, but can expand to the cheeks, nose, forehead, and chin. Besides redness, it can also cause swelling of the face and is more common in middle-aged and very fair-skinned women.

In addition to the specific treatment for this condition (usually antibiotics and acne medications), it is important to understand how diet impacts rosacea, so there are some ingredients that are recommended and some that you should avoid if you suffer from this skin problem.

Here are the best and worst foods for rosacea:

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Best foods for rosacea


A colorful plate full of vegetables is always welcome, but especially for rosacea sufferers it is a real necessity. Basically, eating plenty of vegetables, especially those rich in antioxidants and fiber, can help soothe the skin and relieve redness.

  • Asparagus;
  • Cauliflower;
  • Spinach;
  • Cabbage;
  • Pea;
  • Cucumber.


Some herbs are known precisely for their calming properties. A popular example of this is chamomile In addition to helping to improve mood, relieve stress and anxiety, its properties also soothe the skin, so it is recommended for those who suffer from rosacea. Besides chamomile, lemon balm, kava-kava, passiflora (passion flower), and valerian are recommended.

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Part of the irritation that rosacea causes in the skin is due to inflammatory processes that occur in the body. omega-3 Other food options with similar properties are sardines, tuna, oilseeds, cod liver oil, chia, flaxseed, and others.

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Goat cheese

Goat cheese is an excellent source of protein. In addition, it does not contain much lactose and, due to its properties, is of great help against the skin inflammation caused by rosacea.

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Worst foods for rosacea

Spicy food and seasonings

The pungency of foods, spices and herbs can cause a "burning sensation" for sensitive skin. Other ingredients that can cause a similar effect are peppermint, mint and eucalyptus oil. Also, according to a study developed at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, whenfound in cosmetics, these products can worsen rosacea.

  • Ginger;
  • Cumin;
  • Black pepper;
  • Fenugreek;
  • Cloves.

Alcoholic Beverages

Alcoholic beverages can be a major enemy of skin health, especially for sensitive skin susceptible to the redness typical of rosacea. In particular, red wine has an almost instantaneous effect: it causes dilation of the blood vessels in the face and thus causes redness.

Sweets and soft drinks

After all, what do sweets and soft drinks have in common? Both contain enormous amounts of sugar and can therefore cause inflammation in the body.

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Lena Fisher

Lena Fisher is a wellness enthusiast, certified nutritionist, and author of the popular health and well-being blog. With over a decade of experience in the field of nutrition and health coaching, Lena has dedicated her career to helping people achieve their optimal health and live their best life possible. Her passion for wellness has led her to explore various approaches to achieving overall health, including diet, exercise, and mindfulness practices. Lena's blog is a culmination of her years of research, experience, and personal journey towards finding balance and well-being. Her mission is to inspire and empower others to make positive changes in their lives and embrace a healthy lifestyle. When she's not writing or coaching clients, you can find Lena practicing yoga, hiking the trails, or experimenting with new healthy recipes in the kitchen.