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Diet advice about anti-inflammatory diet and acne rosacea

Acne Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin disease that involves the face and also affects the neck, scalp and eyes; and the cause is unknown. It is characterised by enlarged sebaceous glands, open pores and over-production of sebum. There is often facial flushing and redness, raised red spots and dilated blood vessels. Rosacea initially comes and goes, and can often become permanent.
Inflammation is the underlying cause of many diverse diseases including cancer, heart disease and ageing in general. Therefore if you try to provide your skin with nutrients from the foods that help reduce inflammation and avoid those which cause inflammation (pro-inflammatory foods); this will help your skin and eyelid health.
Things that can help prevent acne rosacea:

  • Avoid known allergens- coffee, alcohol, spicy foods and citrus fruits and drinks.
  • Consume apple cider vinegar, for instance in salad dressing, to stimulate stomach acid.
  • Ensure proper bowel health by consuming Probiotics, fibre and lots of water.
  • Increase Vitamin B intake (meat, fish, yoghurt, nuts and seeds, avocado, etc.flax seed).
  • Increase essential fatty acids such as Omega-6 (nuts and seeds, avocado), Omega-3 (rich flaxseed) and Omega-9 (olive oil).
  • Stress management techniques; as stress is believed to exacerbate poor skin and can cause nutrient deficiencies.
  • Try a low saturated fat and a refined carbohydrate diet.
  • Digestive enzymes – particularly lipase or betaine hydrochloride supplements.
  • Anti-inflammatory diet
  • Eat wholemeal foods and complex carbohydrates, proteins and healthy fats for a proper regulation of blood sugar.
  • Include high-quality protein at all meals and snacks.
  • Avoid stimulants (sugar, white carbohydrates, salt, saturated fats and smoking)
  • Eat foods rich in beta-carotene (i.e. cantaloupe melon, butternut squash), lutein (dark green leafy vegetables), anthocyanidins (all berries).
  • Eat oily fish three times per week (salmon, fresh tuna, sardines, mackerel and anchovies). Also, if you do not think your Omega-3 intake is good enough with just diet, you should consider taking some supplement tablets. You can get those from a health food shop; make sure it contains Omega 3, 6, 9 and also containing some flax seed oil which can help. Ask at Clinica London for our recommended Omega, mineral and vitamin supplements for you.
  • Consume plenty of fibre to assist detoxification; only wholemeal grains, oats, vegetables and lentils and pulses.
  • One tablespoon of plain live yoghurt daily.
  • One tablespoon of seeds, nuts or their cold pressed oils every day or a blended seed oil containing cold pressed seed oil flax, pumpkin, sesame and sunflower.
  • Skin is made up of 70% water, so drink at least eight glasses x200ml of water per day or herbal tea.

“Beauty is not just skin-deep; to have good skin, the person must be healthy from the inside.”


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