Many rosacea patients learn to steer clear of certain trigger foods and alcoholic beverages. Alcohol consumption trumps food as a trigger, according to a survey of more than 1,000 sufferers. Red wine is the worst culprit for most people bothered by an alcohol trigger, but any kind of wine or beer can do the trick. Some people may be able to tolerate gin, vodka or whiskey, but this is by no means a sure thing. One jigger (1.5 ounces = 44 ml) gives you a better chance of sidestepping a flare-up when it's combined with 6 ounces (177 ml) of icy water than if it's combined with soda or juice [source: American Academy of Dermatology].
You may need to forego or cut back on the chips and salsa if you have rosacea. Indulging in a spicy treat causes a problem for 45 percent of rosacea sufferers [source: National Rosacea Society]. Triggering spices include cayenne and red pepper, black and white peppers, curry and chili powder. Hot beverages (as in temperature, rather than spice) can lead to a flare-up in more than a third of all rosacea sufferers. Simply drinking your hot drinks on the warm side rather than steamy may be all it takes to tame this trigger.
Further down on the list of food triggers, but by no means inconsequential, are certain fruits and vegetables; common culprits are eggplant, avocado, spinach, beans, citrus fruits, plums, raisins and bananas. Liver can be a trigger for some people, while others are bothered by marinated meats or dairy products.
With all the restrictions that rosacea place on a person, it's no wonder that people with the condition can benefit greatly from support from experts and fellow sufferers. Read on to learn more about why support is important and where to find it.