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Avoid Wheat

I have known for a long time that the sugars in fruit and wine are triggers for me, but I have recently discovered that wheat is also one of my big rosacea triggers. I experienced a substantial reduction in flare-ups and overall general redness when I removed grains and sugars from my diet. Just recently, while on vacation, I overdid it on biscuits, cookies, etc. and it took several days before I was back to normal. Those biscuits were definitely not worth the trouble!

—Trudy J.

Go Gluten Free

I've been a rosacea sufferer for years; my grandmother suffers from it as well. It wasn't until I had some food allergy tests done that I found relief. I discovered that I had a high intolerance to wheat and gluten. I eliminated it from my diet, along with some other items that were on the test results, and the redness disappeared with three days. The pain was gone! I stuck to this for a month, a glorious month free from embarrassing red blotches and pain. I had a bad few weeks at work and stopped watching what I was eating, and added wheat and gluten products back into my diet out of convenience. Almost immediately, within 10-15 minutes, of eating these things my cheeks would flare up and the pain would begin. Any product that had either gluten or wheat (even when gluten-free) would trigger another bout of rosacea. My grandmother saw my success and began eliminating gluten and wheat as well, and found that it worked for her just as well. Since that day, as long as we keep wheat and gluten out of our diets we are now completely free of rosacea symptoms.

—Jacqui C.

Sugar Reduction

After several years trying, serious sugar reduction -- including fruit -- and avoidance of nightshade vegetables works for me.


Avoid Allergens

Because of the rosacea and other health problems, my parents had me get a blood test to check for food allergies.  The test measured both delayed and immediate responses, and I found out I had some of both.  I am allergic to eight different foods, some of which I ate all the time and never would have thought of as allergens.  Within a few days of eliminating those foods from my diet, my face began to improve.  Within weeks it was smooth and non-red again!  I was not doing any other treatments.  It sounds unbelievable, and it would be if I didn’t have the doctor’s diagnoses, photos and my new face as evidence.  I am continuing the diet, and my face is still doing much better than before, although I do occasionally have patches of pimples, but almost never redness.

— S. Plasterer

Drink Beer

I rarely drink beer, but was offered to split a beer with another guest and so I did. Shortly after that I consumed two Margaritas.  I was very surprised to notice in the bathroom mirror that my face was not flushed! (Alcohol and citrus are just two of many triggers that cause my face to flush and burn.)

Then, very coincidentally a week later, I happened to see a documentary on beer and breweries. Specifically mentioned in the documentary: Hops in beer acts as an anti-inflammatory!

I have happily experimented with this over the past couple of months and found by having a beer first reduced the redness considerably when I actually did have another type of alcoholic drink.

— Anonymous

Trigger Elimination

I finally did some research and experimentation on my own, and my complexion is now clear and calm and comfortable.  I no longer hide under layers of makeup morning to night.
I did this by eliminating nightshades from my diet:  no more potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, chili powder in any form or amount, processed or whole.  I also stopped using moisturizers with harsh acidic anti-aging ingredients and switched to sparingly used water-based organic products.  
I can still trigger a quick flush that lasts an hour or two – all it takes is a handful of potato chips and the reaction is immediate.  
— T. Barnes
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Beyond medical therapy prescribed by your doctor, a vast array of other measures have been discovered by patients to help control their condition. It Works for Me is a venue for sharing reports from rosacea patients, as well as physicians, who have written over the years to tell us, "I tried this, and it works for me," in hopes that they might help other rosacea sufferers with their individual cases. If you have a tip to share, please email it to, and it may be included here.

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