Nutrition for Rosacea – eliminate “red face” in 6 weeks

Nutrition for Rosacea – eliminate “red face” in 6 weeks

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April 24, 2012  By Katy Gillis

Nutrition and Lifestyle for Rosacea or “Red face”

What is it? Rosacea is a chronic and persistent condition in which the skin on a person’s cheeks, nose, chin, eyelids, or forehead becomes inflamed and red, often producing small pimples and noticeable blood vessels. In most cases, it can be controlled or eliminated using specific nutrition or lifestyle approaches.

Symptoms? The main symptom of rosacea is red skin on the face. It can also cause you to blush or flush easily, and give you a hot or “burning” feeling on your face.

Causes? Though the exact cause of rosacea is still unknown, research shows that it appears to run in families.

It is also more commonly seen in descendants of Celtic cultures or Northern Europe, especially in those with fair complexions.  Rosacea is more common in women, people with fair skin, people between the ages of 30 and 50, and people who tend to blush easily.  Because of these facts, it is even more likely that diet and lifestyle is directly associated with the cause and relief of the ailment.

It is proven that “red face” rosacea-like symptoms and all other types of skin disorders like darmatitis, psoriasis, and eczema can be triggered by constantly being subjected to harsh chemicals in foods or products, causing a visible allergic reaction.

My disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor, therefore I am unable to replace the medical advice that your primary care physician would give you. Some symptoms that resemble rosacea or red face are serious medical conditions, so please consult with your doctor.

What I’ve seen: Over the past few years, I have seen diet and exercise therapy target in and reduce or completely eliminate many physical conditions, including rosacea or red face. So be encouraged, and feel welcome to use the advice on this page as a complimentary diet and lifestyle tool that will help you be able to live your best healthy lifestyle, producing the side benefit of reducing or completely eliminating your rosacea or red face symptoms…and you’ll start feeling and seeing this difference in as little as 6 weeks.

“Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.”” – Genesis 1:29

Ladies, let’s embrace and use the gift given to us in the form of food.

Give this program 6 weeks: Follow the following nutrition and lifestyle guidelines for 6 weeks. In that incredibly short period of time, your skin should start looking better, have less flare-ups and you will feel much better too – because you will be living your best healthy lifestyle! Let me know you are starting this journey – email me ( and share your experience – I will be with you as you travel and celebrate with you on your 6 week graduation day!

What you eat: May just be the key to a permanent solution to rosacea or red face. Eat within the following guidelines for 6 weeks.

Foods that trigger or worsen: A number of food factors appear to contribute to blood vessels in the skin dilating, worsening the symptoms of rosacea or red face. They are:

  • Alcohol
  • Coffee and caffeinated beverages
  • Sugar
  • Artificial ingredients (colors, flavors, sweeteners)
  • Trans fats (hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils)
  • Citrus fruits
  • Tomatoes
  • Chocolates
  • Spicy foods

Nutrition therapy: In addition to the lifestyle measures mentioned above, I highly recommend the following:

  • Primrose oil, also known as evening primrose oil, may be one of the most useful foods in treating your rosacea. Primrose oil, notes the University of Maryland Medical Center, has historically been used for treating various skin conditions, including skin redness, swelling, crusting and itching. Primrose oil contains linoleic acid, which is a substance skin requires for optimal health. Primrose oil has also traditionally been used in treating allergies, premenstrual syndrome, arthritis and other ailments.
  • Supplement with a whole-food vitamin, mineral, pre-biotic, antioxidant, and digestive enzyme such as Shakeology ( . The digestive enzymes break down hard to digest foods and help reduce reactions to foods.
  • Anti-inflammatory herbs such as ginger and turmeric may also be effective; these can be added to foods and/or taken as supplements.

Eat plenty of: A proper diet can help reduce red face by reducing the size of your blood vessels. Some of these foods include:

  • Fruits (fresh or fresh frozen)
  • Vegetables (fresh or fresh-frozen)
  • Nuts (raw, unsalted)
  • Whole grains

In addition to the foods above, you can usually eat your proteins in the following order:

  1. Fish
  2. Poultry
  3. Eggs
  4. Lean red meats

A final few notes:

  • Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. In fact they should outnumber and outweigh all the other food that you eat.
  • Drink plenty of fresh clean water.
  • Make sure you are getting enough of the essential nutrients your body needs by supplementing with a high-quality and complete supplement such as Shakeology (
  • Avoid cooked fats, trans fats, and fried foods.
  • Avoid dairy foods.

Follow a whole food, anti-inflammatory diet. The meal planner portion of Club Membership ( will create a personal meal plan that follows those guidelines and you will be able to receive additional support from me as your best healthy lifestyle coach for your specific needs and challenges.

Lifestyle treatments: Eating is only part of your best healthy lifestyle. For a 50% increase in results, follow the following lifestyle guidelines for the same 6 week period:

  • Use organic, all natural sunscreen. And use it with care. The harsh chemicals in most sunscreens are unhealthy for your skin. Purchase an organic version and use only when exposed to direct sunlight for more than 20 minutes.
  • Carry and use a scarf or hat to block wind, unexpected sun exposure, or cold temperatures. Protect your face.
  • Use organic cleansers, moisturizers, cosmetics, and other products on your face. Chemical-laden cosmetics will irritate your skin and dump those harmful ingredients into your body through absorption. Choose the all-natural or organic versions every time.
  • Avoid makeup and moisturizers that include a sunblock.
  • Use organic, all natural laundry detergent. The harsh chemicals used to clean stains are unhealthy for sensitive skin (or any skin type for that matter) and detergent particles are literally rubbed into our skin as we walk.
  • Use organic, all natural shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, soap, body lotion, and toothpaste. Basically, whatever goes on the skin is absorbed into it.
  • Use organic, all natural household cleaners, dish soap, and hand soap. As you walk through your home, clean, or wash your hands, chemicals are being absorbed.
  • Managing stress: while experiencing a flare-up, practice relaxation breathing.

Using organic, all natural cleaners may be a new idea to you. It is absolutely critical to living your best healthy lifestyle and eliminating rosacea or red face, down to your brand of toothpaste! Following these guidelines will create a warm, inviting place for your body to walk, work, and rest at its best. 6 weeks of this chemical-free environment will produce wonders for the health of your family and guests that will be significant enough that you may just adopt it for life. It is being aware of, deeply caring for, and honoring the gift of your body.

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Topical treatments: Can be used to help treat a red face flare-up:

  • Aloe vera plant: The leaves from the aloe vera plant contain a jelly-like substance that can help to reduce inflammation and moisturize the skin, which in turn reduces the redness.
  • Oatmeal: The natural anti-inflammatory properties found in oatmeal can reduce inflammation that causes redness and can help hydrate dry skin.
  • Cucumbers: Slicing cucumbers and placing the slices on the red areas of your face can create a cool soothing effect that will help reduce the redness.
  • Coconut oil: The natural oils found in coconuts will nourish and moisturize the face reducing the redness and create a healthy glow.
  • Honey: Honey can help reduce inflammation because it contains anti-inflammatory properties. Use the honey to make a facial mask to cover the areas that are red. Apply it to clean, dry skin for about 30 minutes, then rinse with warm water.

Final note: Achieving your best healthy lifestyle is the answer to healing rosacea or red face and many other ailments. It is simply honoring your body and the bodies of your family by creating a welcoming, chemical-free environment for it to thrive in. Everyone in your household or who comes into your house will experience the benefits. Your home will be a haven for recuperating from stress and harmful ingredients.

“She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.” – Proverbs 31:27

Resources used in my research include:, Alternative Medicine: the definitive guide, The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods,, and


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