The Rosacea Diet: What to Eat (and Avoid) for Calm, Happy Skin

Lindsey Metrus

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Over 16 million Americans have rosacea, but the crazy thing is many of them don't know it. In a survey conducted by the National Rosacea Society, 95% of rosacea patients knew little to nothing about their condition prior to being diagnosed. What's even more troubling is that, like acne, rosacea oftentimes gives way to lack of self-confidence, according to 90% of patients in a separate survey. Some 51% of respondents had even said that they missed work because of the condition.

While rosacea can be emotionally debilitating and currently has no cure, there are steps you can take to diminish its appearance, starting with (most importantly) your diet. Many foods and drinks trigger the inflammatory response brought on by the condition, like flare-ups, redness, dilated blood vessels, and thickening of the skin. Thus, we tapped the brains of Ayurvedic expert Shrankhla Holecek of UMA Oils; Elizabeth Tanzi, founder and director of Capital Laser & Skin Care (who also happens to have rosacea); and Michele J. Farber of Schweiger Dermatology Group to figure out which foods are best for individuals with rosacea (and which to avoid). Keep reading for their tips.

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