Watch What You Eat and Stop Your Rosacea from Flaring Up

RosaceaWhile each person has different triggers that will spur their rosacea, there are some triggers that you might want to avoid. This blog will help you be aware of foods that commonly act as rosacea triggers and help you be aware of how you can discover your own personal triggers.

It’s Time to Quit
Smoking and alcohol are common rosacea triggers. If you suffer from rosacea and are a smoker, it’s time to finally cut back and eliminate cigarettes from your life. Alcohol is also a important to cut back on, especially types such as beer, vodka, bourbon, gin, and even champagne.

Cut Back on the Romance
No, having a nice romantic evening in shouldn’t cause your rosacea to flair up—unless, that is, you are sharing some red wine and chocolate with your significant other. As sad as it is, these two romantic symbols are very common rosacea triggers, so stay away if you want your skin to stay calm for the big night.

Turn Down the Heat
Foods that are hot, both thermally and in their spice palates, are more likely to cause a flare up. This includes hot drinks as well. This means you may want to stay away from the Indian and Thai food—and the Mexican and the Chinese. Soy sauce is also off limits.

But I Thought That Was Healthy?
There are so many foods, including dairy, avocados, spinach, various types of beans, citrus fruits, eggplant, tomatoes, raisins, bananas, and many, many more that have been heavily associated with rosacea. In short, anything and everything could cause it, especially when individual factors come into play.

Discover Your Own Triggers
While this is a good list of foods that may trigger your rosacea, it is nowhere near complete. For example, you might be able to eat some of the above foods without a problem, whereas something on this list might give you the worst reaction of all. Your skin condition is a very personal thing, and therefore we can’t give you a list of what will or will not make your skin red and itchy.

You can, however. Keep a food diary and track it along with your rosacea. If you notice a trend that some food is causing or contributing to your flares, cut that out of your diet.

Acne: More Than Just Whiteheads and Blackheads

AcneIf you suffered from mild acne as a teenager, you know all about whiteheads and blackheads. But did you know that there are many other types of acne as well? If you didn’t, consider yourself lucky that you have never had to deal with a more serious type of acne. Here are some other types of acne that are a little more serious than the typical whiteheads you encounter regularly.

Inflammatory Acne
The main difference between blackheads and whiteheads and inflammatory acne is that with inflammatory acne, the body is trying to fight an infection. Instead of being surface-level dirt trapped underneath the skin, these infections are big and red and very painful. They are often very deep underneath the skin, which is why they hurt so much and often produce so much pus. If you have a more serious type of acne, you need to get professional treatment early on.

These types of acne include:

Although they don’t look like much, these are blackheads or whiteheads that become inflammed. They aren’t very painful and usually don’t contain a lot of fluid, but they are inflamed as your body is trying to fight off the infection.

So named due to all the pus inside of them, these are similar to whiteheads except infected and filled with pus. Pus is really dead white blood cells that your body sent to help fight the infection, so the more infection there was, the more pus there will be.

A large bump that is hard and firm, a nodule is deep under the skin and should be treated by a dermatologist. They hardly break the surface, but you can see and feel them deep under your skin.

Similar to a boil, a cyst is a huge pus-filled lump in your skin. It is considered the most severe form of acne. Because they are so large and are so full of pus, it is important to get these treated by a dermatologist. Do not try to pop and clean them yourself, no matter how many YouTube videos you have seen. Not only will it make a mess, you do not want to risk an even worse infection.