What we choose to eat can have a huge impact on our skin. Certain foods in particular can have a negative effect, increasing the degree of redness of the face, commonly associated with rosacea.
Since rosacea is an inflammation of the facial skin, any food substance that can increase the inflammatory processes, will have a negative effect upon skin that suffers from rosacea. For example, foods with high levels of histamine will increase the inflammation and therefore, redness of the skin. Histamine has also been linked to cluster headaches, hypertensive episodes, and food-drug interactions.
Histamine can be found in many aged, and in some cases spoiled, foods. Examples of foods that have high histamine levels are: cheese, wine, soy sauce, pickled foods, cured meats, smoked fish, tomatoes and red peppers.
When I was first diagnosed with rosacea in my twenties, the top 3 foods that caused an increase in my facial redness were chocolate, tomatoes and red (bell) peppers. As I am getting older, I have noticed that chocolate and tomatoes do not have such a strong effect on my rosacea as they once did, while red peppers still cause me problems.
About five years ago, I started to add chocolate (organic) back to my diet. I found that my facial redness did not get worse by eating chocolate a few times a week. I don’t have any explanation for that, but it could be that the organic chocolate (which is less processed) has less of an effect on rosacea than other chocolate, perhaps due to the higher anti-oxidant content of organic chocolate.
Does the sensitivity to histamine containing foods differ between rosacea sufferers, and, does the sensitivity to a particular food change over the years as we get older? I invite my readers to leave comments about this.
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