7 Foods That Can Trigger Rosacea

Fermented foods

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“Some foods and beverages induce the blushing/flushing type of rosacea [while] others may induce the inflammatory papulopustular type,” says Richard Odom, MD, clinical professor of dermatology and former acting chairman of dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco. While food triggers are subjective, fermented foods, such as sauerkraut, kimchi, and certain aged cheeses (blue cheese, for example), have been logged as a rosacea trigger for some patients. Dr. Odom recommends keeping a food diary to monitor symptoms and then eliminating certain foods to see if that makes a difference. “Rosacea cannot be prevented, but it can be controlled with medication, avoidance of triggers, and proper skincare,” says Dr. Wolf. Next, find out some more surprising rosacea triggers you never knew about.

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