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The skin is the largest organ in the human body and on many occasions we forget its close relationship with general health. In fact, it has been proven that there are various skin conditions that are associated with certain diseases, especially those related to digestive, liver, immune and mental health. As in everything, food plays a fundamental role, so as there are some foods that help the skin to shine; others can trigger irritation, redness, and inflammation. Especially for those people who have sensitive skin and certain conditions, one of the most recurrent and worrying conditions in recent years is rosacea. A common but little-known facial skin disorder that affects more than 16 million Americans and up to 415 million people worldwide. For people struggling with rosacea, we know that not all triggers are the same.
Between the main symptoms of rosacea are: redness of the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead, visible small blood vessels on the face, bumps or pimples on the face, watery or irritated eyes. Although the signs usually vary in each person and the supervision of a dermatologist is essential, there are key aspects in good control: the type of diet, skin care, the use of topical products and in some cases medications. It is also important to control lifestyle, environmental factors and stress. So certain foods can help ease symptoms, while others can exacerbate them, here’s a full review.
The best foods for rosacea:
Unfortunately, foods are not a cure for rosacea, but we know that several foods play a role. a crucial role in managing inflammation in the body. These foods can help reduce inflammation and can help keep breakouts at bay.
– Anti-inflammatory foods
Inflammation is a key factor in the way rosacea presents. Either for what cause redness, bumps, and pimples, most of the symptoms are derived from inflammation. Therefore, following a healthy diet full of anti-inflammatory foods is important in managing rosacea symptoms. Fortunately, we now know that there are many foods that shine for their anti-inflammatory properties, among the most recommended are cherries, avocados, walnuts and beets. There are some options that stand out, such as the specific case of turmeric root, which not only provides an impressive amount of health benefits thanks to its curcumin content. It is a great ally to relieve pain and inflammation, and it also reduces the symptoms of depression. It is one of the most powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory foods. Another of the food groups that cannot be absent are cruciferous vegetables, which refers to plants of the genus Brassica. Among the most famous variants are broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale and more, especially in green leafy vegetables. They provide a host of health benefits and provide vitamin E, an antioxidant that is crucial for healthy skin and protects against free radical damage. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds are of great help to control breakouts.
In recent months, everyone has been talking about the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, and we are used to associating them with foods like salmon, tuna, nuts and seeds. They are crucial for heart health, brain health, and great anti-inflammatory power qIt benefits absolutely all organs and systems. Unfortunately, although it is a nutrient, it has been proven that most Americans do not get enough of it. The most remarkable thing is that these healthy fats can help the skin retain moisture, leaving it more uniform and resistant to flaking, hyperpigmentation and redness.
– Foods beneficial for intestinal health and microbiota
Prebiotics are nutrients found in high fiber foods that nourish probiotics and microbiota. It is well known that a mixture of these nutrients is required to keep the intestine working at its best. Although, by now it has been shown that intestinal health plays a basic role in the entire functioning of the body and the immune system, research has shown that a diet full of foods rich in prebiotics can help keep rosacea flare-ups at bay. They are a great ally to keep the skin calmer and feel better, bet on the consumption of foods such as legumes, onions, garlic, nuts and bananas. It’s also important to include probiotic-rich fermented foods like kimchi, kefir, yogurt, and miso.
The worst foods for rosacea:
Some of the Rosacea’s most popular triggers are food and drink. And the main reason is that due to their composition they can cause inflammation in the skin in different ways, the most worrisome are the following.
Research has shown that alcohol can cause inflammation and irritation of the outermost layer of the skin, called keratinocytes. This is because stress on the skin leads to a histamine response, where inflammation is an unfortunate side effect. The truth is, not all alcohol can affect the skin in the same way. Some people have found that beer does not cause flare-ups, as other types of alcohol might, especially red wine and other high-strength spirits. It is said that the qualities of beer could be due to the anti-inflammatory compounds found in the hops it contains.
– Spicy food
Like alcohol, spicy foods can trigger a histamine response that leads to inflammation of the skin and face. This leaves the skin looking red and can even cause inflamed bumps and pimples. Spicy foods are one of the most common triggers for people with rosacea, so limiting their consumption can help control flare-ups.
Chocolate contains a compound called cinnamaldehyde (which is also found in cinnamon) which adds to its flavor. Unfortunately, it can be a trigger for people with rosacea. Also, added sugars can cause inflammation throughout the body, including the skin. However, this does not mean that you can never enjoy chocolate if you have rosacea, and it is important to clarify that chocolate has impressive health benefits. Thanks to its powerful antioxidants that protect the heart, fill us with energy, benefit mental health and excite, in addition to increasing alertness.
– Foods high in niacin
The immune system is complex, it has cells throughout the body and in the skin, which are called Langerhans cells. Foods high in niacin, such as poultry, tuna, peanuts, and shellfish, can cause these cells to release compounds that they increase redness, inflammation and pain in the skin. Niacin, also known as vitamin B3, is a nutrient that supports our nervous system, metabolism, and numerous bodily functions, so it should not be completely eliminated. It is simply important to consume them with caution, especially for people who often observe trigger symptoms when consuming them.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.