THE ROSACEA ‘DIET’

This is a diet sourced by a patient many years ago from a naturopathic physician JOSEPH E. PIZZORNO JR., N.D.. It summarises the ‘allopathic’ approach to rosacea. Whilst it has not been validated scientifically many patients have found all or parts of it helpful.

 Rosacea, a type of inflammation, causes the skin on your nose and cheeks to appear red and flushed. Try the following four supplement and diet suggestions. You should notice a significant improvement in two or three months and occasional flare-ups should heal much more quickly if you continue the dietary changes recommended.

Aid Your Stomach.

Take 10 grains (600mg) of hydrochloric acid because many people with rosacea don’t produce enough of this acid in their stomach. A lack of hydrochloric acid kicks off a chain reaction that can result in redness and flushing. You can buy hydrochloric acid at natural food stores (see below). Reduce your dose by half if your skin clears or if you have stomach discomfort. Since supplementing helps your body produce more of its own hydrochloric acid, after three or four months you should no longer need to take hydrochloric acid supplements.

 

Eat Beneficial Fats.

Consume foods rich in Omega-3 essential fatty acids which can calm rosacea-related inflammation. Aim for four servings per week of cold-water fish like halibut, herring, mackerel, salmon and sardines. If you are vegetarian, take 1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil daily by the spoonful or drizzle on salads. If you don’t see an improvement in two to three months take pancreatic enzyme supplements. Many people with rosacea have a deficiency in a pancreatic enzyme that helps digest Omega-3 and other fats. Begin by taking 350mg of a non-enteric-coated pancreatic enzyme product with a potency of 10X USP three times per day immediately before meals. If you don’t notice any improvement within several days you can increase your dosage by 100mg every four days until your skin starts to clear or you reach 1,000mg. You can stop taking the enzymes when your skin clears, but continue consuming the fish or flaxseed oil. If your skin begins to flare up again start taking the enzymes.

 

Go Easy on Meat.

Limit your consumption of meat and poultry to one serving a week and when you eat dairy choose only fat-free products. All animal products contain an acid that your body converts to inflammation-promoting substances. Fat Free dairy contains less of this acid.

 

Avoid Troublesome Foods.

Reduce your consumption of alcohol, hot beverages and spicy foods because they may cause flushing. Completely avoid red wine and aged cheese (which can also trigger flushing) until your skin clears. Once your skin improves you may be able to consume small amounts of red wine and aged cheese without causing a flare-up.

 

I Suggest You Try This

Drink at least two litres of filtered water daily to help your body get rid of chemicals from the foods that may trigger rosacea flare-ups.

Hydrochloric Acid is best sourced as Betaine Hydrochloride with Pepsin (Lamberts Healthcare) and you should take two daily with each meal.

As a pancreatic enzyme product in the UK, I would suggest you take Nutrizym 22 (a prescription is required) initially one daily with a meal increasing as necessary every four days by taking extra capsules with other meals to a maximum of three per day.

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Neil Walker - Consultant Dermatologist at Oxford Stratum Clinic

Dr Neil Walker
Consultant Dermatologist

Qualifications: FRCP

Dr Walker is the Clinical Director of Stratum Clinics Oxford and is an Honorary Consultant Dermatologist, Department of Dermatology, Churchill Hospital, Oxford.

GMC: 2258764

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