Finding your rosacea triggers is tough. They can be related to food or beverage. The weather can trigger a flushed, red face. Stress you feel can trigger a red face. Even the products you use to clean your skin may trigger a flare up. The first step to coping with rosacea is to find the triggers that lead to your flare ups. For me, the wind, sun, cold, excessive heat, caffeine, sugar, red wine, MSG, stress, and many facial care products are all triggers.
Food TriggersTo find food triggers, it will take weeks. The following list of common food triggers should be your starting point. Eliminate each of them from your diet for a week. If you notice the redness in your skin subsides, that’s likely one of your food triggers.
- Alcoholic beverages
- Caffeine (such as chocolate, coffee, energy drinks, sodas, and tea)
- Dairy products
- Fruits and vegetables high in citric acid (such as berries, chili peppers, lemons, limes, oranges, pineapple, plums, tamarind, and tomatoes)
- Processed meats
- Soy sauce
- Spicy dishes (such as chili, curry, spicy Asian and Mexican dishes)
- Vinegar and vinegary foods like pickles and sauerkraut