Food rich in histamine
Fruits are not only packed with nutrients and antioxidants; histamine content is also high in some fruits. Histamine is an organic compound that triggers an immune system response. Histamine causes vasodilation, or relaxation of blood vessels, essentially worsening or flaring up rosacea. When the blood vessels on the face dilate, redness occurs. Fruits that cause this type of reaction include tomatoes, pineapples, strawberries, papayas, and red plums. But fruit isn’t the only food that can release histamine. Other triggers include eggplant, spinach, mushrooms, shellfish, legumes, alcohol, and fermented foods (ripened cheese).
Dairy products such as yogurt, sour cream, and cheese can also be triggers for some people. Dairy products are a good source of vitamin D and calcium, but they are also inflammatory food. As a result of the inflammation, increased facial redness and swelling can be observed. Avoiding dairy products can reduce redness and other symptoms of rosacea. Easier said than done, but if you can’t completely cut out dairy, try cutting back and replacing cow’s milk with rice milk, almond milk, or soy milk.
Chocolate is a great source of happiness. But it makes rosacea worse in some cases because it contains cinnamic aldehyde, the compound that gives cinnamon its flavor. It can cause blood vessels to dilate, which can lead to redness.
What should you eat when you have rosacea?
Just as certain foods can trigger an inflammatory response and contribute to the development of rosacea, other foods can help the body fight inflammation and reduce the symptoms of rosacea. Examples of this are onions, raw garlic, bananas, asparagus, and whole grains.
Diet plays an important role in all skin and scalp conditions, including the development of rosacea. Some autoimmune diseases occur more frequently in rosacea patients, among them celiac disease twice as often as in the average person. Digestive tract inflammation, malabsorption, and damage to the immune system also affect our skin. Investigating food intolerances is key to treating symptoms.
If you suspect that you might be intolerant to certain food or ingredients we recommend you consult a specialist!