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Top Ten Rosacea Triggers

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Dozens of doctors and dermatologists over the past three decades have helped me control rosacea with various medical therapies including topical gels, creams, prescription medications and topical face washes.

However, I’ve have found it is possible to maintain a state of remission for extended periods by identifying and avoiding the various lifestyle and environmental factors that may cause flare-ups or aggravate specific conditions. These lifestyle and environmental factors are called Rosacea Triggers because they trigger your system causing the redness and acne like bumps.

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Identifying your own personal trigger factors is a process. Some people keep a written or electronic diary to track what causes a flare-up. A rosacea trigger for one person may have no effect on another so it’s a good idea to keep track of your own. Over the years doctor survey’s and patient input have found several triggers in common with many rosacea patients. Below is a list of the top ten.

Top 10 Rosacea Triggers
  • Sun exposure
  • Emotional stress
  • Hot weather
  • Wind
  • Heavy exercise
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Hot baths
  • Cold weather
  • Spicy foods
  • Humidity

 

I’ve been tracking my food intake more than anything. Having used antibiotics for so long to treat my Rosacea I’ve come to learn that I developed something called leaky gut syndrome. This is a feeling of bloating and the inability to get all the nutrients from all the food I eat. I have been supplementing my diet with VitaMineral Green daily a green super-food. All the dermatologists were just treating the symptoms. I had to find out what the core issue was.


Lately I went to see Kevin Moses, FDN, a Functional Dietary Nutritionist in San Diego  who ran a blood test to see if I had any food sensitivities that could be causing my bloating and skin issues. He found high levels of Candida and yeast (which is a bigger problem for women) but suggested I try an elimination diet and get off antibiotics.

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The elimination diet was too strict for me but I started by eliminating all gluten, dairy, soy and alcohol products and taking a few of his recommended supplements to kill the Candida. There are a lot of products on the market for that but one a few actually have an enzyme that can eat or breakdown the Candida walls.

I felt worse for a few days since all the Candida was dying off. It’s called a Die Off period. After a few weeks of Kevin’s “phase I” diet I started feeling better and after 90 days and all the supplements later I was down 20 lbs and 40 cholesterol points plus I was antibiotic and Rosacea free.

I started to reintroduce a few food items and noticed that if I drank any alcohol, even a glass of wine or a Martguerita I paid the price within 24 hours. A rosacea breakout.  Redness or acne like pustules. I stuck with using Sumaxin soap plus a combo of Acanya and Finacea to keep it at bay or under control. Every once in a while I still need to get the big bumps handled by the dermatologist using 0.5% Kenalog shots directly into the bumps.

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You can use this electronic “Trigger Tracker” to help track your flare ups.

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If you would like to review the “Rosacea App” for Blackberry, iPhone or Android
you can get it from the app store or marketplace on your smartphone.

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