October 4, 2022

Rosacea and possible causes

Changes in the skin are often an early signal that something serious is happening “beneath the surface”.

Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin disease characterized by redness of the face that often causes concern and shame to the patient.

Most often it affects women aged 30 to 50 years, with lighter skin and sensitive skin. The cause itself is the subject of much debate, even in the world of functional medicine, but what is quite clear is that rosacea should be seen as a disorder of the whole organism, not just the skin.

Genetic predisposition is an important factor in the development of the disease, but not necessarily decisive – KosovaPress reports.

There is growing evidence linking rosacea to dysbiosis and infections of the digestive system, immune disorders, and hormones (especially sex hormones and thyroid hormones).

Although the very cause of rosacea is still debated, a number of dietary and environmental causes have been identified that, in successful therapy, need to be identified and eliminated.

To date, some foods have been identified that are the most common causes of the disease, such as milk and dairy products, alcohol, spicy foods, chocolate, soy sauce, yeast, as well as hot foods and drinks.

Due to the inflammatory component of rosacea and the fact that food intolerance should not only appear on the skin, sometimes it is necessary to carry out an elimination diet or do a food intolerance test to find out which foods cause an immune system overreaction.

Problematic foods should be eliminated from the diet, but care should be taken that the diet is still balanced.

In addition to the need to eliminate foods that aggravate the condition, in the fight against rosacea it is desirable to apply an anti-inflammatory diet. A Mediterranean or vegetarian diet that includes fish and seafood can be very beneficial for the sick.

Among other things, it is important to regularly find foods rich in zinc, vitamin A, antioxidants, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids in the menu.

Important therapeutic strategies include balancing adrenal, thyroid, sex hormones, improving digestive function and intestinal microbiome, reducing environmental triggers such as sun exposure, and boosting the immune system.

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