06 Apr 2016
We're thrilled to have been featured in the Telegraph in an article discussing the benefits of diet and probiotics for individuals with rosacea. Expert nutritionist, Ian Marber, discusses how some nutritional advice for the management of rosacea can be fairly drastic and requires some considerable effort to stick with. Ian illustrates this point with the National Rosacea Society in the USA, who have an extremely extensive list of 23 food types which includes everything from avocados to foods containing histamines. Instead of cutting all of these food types from your diet at once, Ian recommends you "make changes systematically so you can assess what works". He says that this way, benefits can be assessed without a whole lifestyle change.
Ian Marber recommends that rosacea sufferers should also pay closer attention to their gut bacteria before making drastic dietary changes.
"In my clinical experience I found that tweaking the levels of bacteria in the gut had a positive effect on the typical rosacea inflammation. The first step is to get some good bacteria in the diet via fermented foods, including sauerkraut, miso soup and yogurt."
Foods containing dairy and drinking hot liquids, including soup, can both trigger rosacea so these should be avoided if they are a trigger.
Ian recommends our very own 'For every day' supplement, following his comment below. Good choice Ian!
"...I often advise clients with rosacea to make no other nutritional changes initially other than take a course of probiotics for at least 30 days. A decent quality supplement should contain various strains of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium so do check the list of ingredients."
Consuming excess carbohydrates and sugars can "exacerbate inflammation". Ian suggests that eating more "complex carbs with a little protein and vegetables should help stabilise glucose levels".
This is standard nutritional advice for anything really. The hazards of sugar are well-documented and have been in the limelight for some time now. Ian recommends avoiding all obvious sources of sugar, which can trigger a flare up of rosacea symptoms.
Not a popular recommendation this one, says Ian, but avoiding alcohol can help "greatly reduce [rosacea] flare ups".
The New York Post also recently discussed fermented foods and skin health. Their article highlighted Sofia Vergara's dermatologist who recommends that all her clients either incorporate fermented foods into their diet or take a probiotic supplement.
"If we have an unhealthy, unbalanced gut environment, toxins can be released into the bloodstream and cause inflammation throughout the body. This shift in gut flora, and the subsequent inflammation, can cause a flare-up in the skin of those who are predisposed to acne, eczema or rosacea."
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