Rosacea – foods for and against

Rosacea is a chronic disease of the facial skin, especially of the nose and cheeks. It is characterised by a red or rosy coloration, caused by dilation of capillaries, and the appearance of acne like pimples. Since it is a facial condition, it can be very embarrassing to sufferers.

According to Chinese medicine long term imbalance of the large intestines (colon) will eventually show up on the skin. Indeed, certain foods are known to aggravate the condition while others may reduce the inflammation. Individuals vary so certain foods may affect some more than others. The lists below are a general guideline to help you figure out possible offenders in your diet.


Foods which cause excess heat in the body
Blood vessel dilators

  • Very hot (Cº) foods or beverages
  • spicy foods
  • fatty food
  • alcohol
  • coffee
  • black tea
  • vinegar
  • hot (peppery) spices, seasonings, sauces and marinades
  • Chilli – all types (even black pepper can have an effect)
  • Tomatoes
  • citrus fruits and its juices
  • bananas
  • red plums
  • raisins
  • figs
  • old (aged) cheese
  • chocolate

Common flushing foods

  • sugar
  • refined food (white bread, white pasta)
  • liver
  • soy sauce
  • yeast extract
  • aubergine
  • avocado
  • spinach
  • lima beans, white haricot beans, peas
  • yoghurt
  • sour cream
  • vanilla

Other potential culprits

  • lobster
  • prawns
  • artificial sweeteners
  • preservatives
  • food colorings
  • MSG (E621).
  • Aspartame and NutraSweet (artificial sugar alternatives)

Note: refined foods (white sugar, white flour foods [bread, pasta]) and fat can be strong contributors to rosacea.


Cooling foods, detoxing foods, correct fats

  • WATER – cool or ice cold, 2.5 litres a day
  • Cherries
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Linseed oil – 1-2 tablespoons a day
  • Fatty fish (salmon, herring, sardines, mackerel, halibut) – 4-5 times a week
  • Food at body or room temperature
  • Whole grains
  • Seeds
  • Nuts
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Fresh fruit
  • Tofu
  • Seaweed – all types
  • (apple cider vinegar, if no reaction) – 1 tablespoon a day mixed with water
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