Diet for Rosacea

Rosacea triggers - red wine

What we put into our bodies is reflected in our skin and nowhere is this more true, than for the rosacea sufferer.

Some foods trigger flushes and you need to recognise which ones produce flushes in you, as we aren’t all the same. Some rosaceans might only have a reaction to one or two foods while others react to a whole range of foods and drinks. However there are some common ones –the trick is to keep a food diary –particularly if you have a fairly bad case of rosacea.

Have a read through the following and see if any of this resonates with you.

The following food list was compiled from patient histories of rosacea sufferers by a Dr. Jonathan Wilkin and produced by the National Rosacea Society in America. It is a list of the most common food triggers which bring on an episode of flushing.

Finola says: It is a fairly comprehensive list and I was shocked to see my beloved tea in there. However, depending on the severity of your rosacea – you may be able to reintroduce some of these when you have your rosacea under control – I still love my tea!

Food list of common Rosacea triggers


  • Spicy foods
  • Thermally hot foods (including hot chocolate, coffee or tea)
  • Liver
  • Yogurt
  • Sour cream
  • Cheese (except cottage cheese)
  • Chocolate
  • Vanilla
  • Soy sauce
  • Yeast extract (bread in itself is not listed )
  • Vinegar
  • Avocados
  • Spinach
  • Broad-leaf beans and pods, including butter, haricot or kidney
  • Citrus fruits, tomatoes, bananas, red plums, raisins or figs
  • Foods high in histamine, especially red wine. Foods high in niacin. (Taking an antihistamine about two hours before a meal may counter the effects of histamine, while aspirin may reduce the effects of niacin-containing foods in sufferers affected by these substances

    Finola says: this is the really annoying thing about rosacea. Other people assume that we really really love our alcohol because our skin is often red and flushed but the truth is we are just the same as everyone else its just our face which reacts differently……..ok rant over!

  • white wine does not seem to produce the same reaction in some rosacea sufferers so it may be an alternative or maybe a spritzer concoction of white wine with soda or sparkling water served over ice can dilute your drink while also keeping things cool. Go with a 1:1 ratio. Alcohol can lead to dehydration, which may aggravate your skin. Have a glass of ice water in between each alcoholic drink – the water will keep you hydrated and the ice will keep you cool.

Heres an interesting article from the DAILY MAIL newspaper which highlights the beauty benefits of reducing alcohol intake……

Look what giving up drink for a month can do to your face: Mother who enjoyed five glasses of wine a week is transformed after going cold turkey

Published: 23:57 GMT, 17 September 2013 DAILY MAIL

We all worry about the effect an extra glass of wine has on our waistline — but what about on our skin?

To find out if ditching alcohol can improve your complexion, we challenged Laura Hogarth, a 40-year-old mother-of-two from Falkirk, to spend a month without consuming a drop of booze.

Before this, Laura drank about 15 units of alcohol a week — which equates to around five large glasses of wine and is just one unit a week above the recommended national guidelines for women.

Giving up alcohol has a dramatic effect on Rosacea

Many modern women enjoy a drink with an evening meal or have a glass of wine at home to unwind after a busy day, with large numbers of women exceeding the Government’s daily drinking guidelines of two to three units a day.

But would many cut down if they knew that, as well as affecting their health, alcohol could also damage their looks, making them look years older than their age?

Finola says: And don't for a minute guys think it's only women affected – You can loose your good looks too!