Can Gluten Intolerance Cause Rosacea?

By | 16 July, 2014

rosacea skinRosacea generally affects only those over the age of 30. It’s a chronic disorder that progresses quickly and has flare up causing acne like symptoms and reddening of the face. It may suddenly, without warning, go into remission and lie dormant for many years or it may continue to progress.

It has been linked to genetics and if you have a close family member who suffers from rosacea you may be at risk of having the same condition. While it’s not life threatening, it is very embarrassing and annoying as it affects your facial appearance. Most people who suffer from rosacea tend to avoid social situations during a flare up.

It affects more fair skinned people than dark skinned and is quite common in both Europe and the United States. If you tend to blush or flush easily, you may be at a higher risk of having this disorder. While the actual cause of rosacea is a mystery, doctors have learned that there are some foods that can trigger severe flare ups. Some studies suggest that it may also be involved with an immune system malfunction.

Gluten intolerance is often associated with skin disorders. Gluten is a substance that is responsible for the elasticity in doughs. It is found in wheat, rye and barley.  Many people who suffer with gluten intolerance or sensitivity or even celiac disease, have found that they have more skin rashes and conditions that turn into rosacea.

There are many triggers in rosacea and many of them are food. Foods that are spicy, contain wheat or even caffeine can exacerbate rosacea. For this reason it’s important to keep a food journal and write down what is eaten each and every day. When a breakout occurs or a flare up, it’s time to check the journal and see what was eaten in the last 24 hours.

Additional causes for flare ups can be stress, too much activity, sunlight and illness. Even your cleaning supplies can affect your rosacea. If you’re having a flare up, write down what you have been doing the last 24 hours as well as what you’ve eaten.

spicy foodAvoiding trigger foods such as gluten, spicy foods and the like can help to reduce the outbreaks or flare ups in a rosacea patient. Since the disease can be slightly different in each and every person, it’s only natural that the triggers can be different in every person.

Other unusual triggers can include such things as weather changes, exercise and simply spending too much time in the sun.

It’s important to remember that exercise is still a vital part of having a healthy body, this isn’t a reason to stop exercising. It just means that you must exercise smarter. Take a walk in the cooler evening after the sun goes down.

Don’t over exert yourself and stay in a positive frame of mind. Avoid going out in extreme temperatures both hot and cold. The shock to your body  can trigger your rosacea.  It’s amazing when a food you’ve eaten all of your life such as wheat bread or even your favorite cereal can begin to cause you problems. With more and more genetic modifications to food more and more people are finding out that they suddenly have food allergies or intolerances that they didn’t used to have.

Some of the ways to treat rosacea are simple and very effective such as monitoring your triggers and avoiding them. This can be challenging when going out to eat but it’s well worth the effort. There are many great apps available today for smart phones that can help to make eating a bit easier.

rosacea treatmentIf you’re trying to control your rosacea by avoiding your triggers take the time to learn your triggers and avoid them. Only dine in restaurants that use natural ingredients and serve gluten free food options. There are many restaurants and even bakeries that are starting to offer these options to their customers and the food is delicious and healthy.

There are also prescriptions that can be given to patients to help ease symptoms. These will include ointments, pills and antibiotics. However, many find that the side effects aren’t worth the trouble. For this reason many patients are taking back their lives by avoiding such triggers a gluten and going against their doctors wishes and stopping medications.

Always talk to your doctor before you stop any medication. Share your concerns. Sometimes there are treatment options with fewer side effects or that are more affordable. It’s important to be open and honest with your doctor.

Let your doctor know if you’re going gluten free for your condition so that they can help to monitor your progress when you do this.  Learn to read your labels. Gluten can hide in everything. From makeup, shampoo and cleaning supplies, gluten is a constant threat to you.


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