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Skin ConditionsJessica AndersonComment

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition categorized by extreme redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead. This persistent redness may result in bumps, pimples, and visible blood vessels. Rosacea should be treated carefully and holistically. Rosacea is typically a sign of internal inflammation, and should be treated as such. Pay special attention to your diet by avoiding inflammatory foods such as hothouse veggies, spicy foods, gluten, sugar, alcohol and caffeine. Additionally, it is important that you avoid the following topical ingredients, natural as they may be: chamomile, vanilla, eucalyptus, lemon, lemongrass, orange, rosemary, spearmint, vitamin e, cocoa butter, corn starch, lanolin, lecithin, and niacin (Vitamin B3). Instead, try to incorporate the following: Evening primrose oil, vitamin C, aloe, borage seed oil, dandelion root, and milk thistle.

Inflammation indicates too much heat in the body. When deciding what to eat, focus on watery foods that cool down the heat: asparagus, leafy greens, cauliflower, celery, okra, green beans, zucchini, sweet potatoes, and broccoli. Good fruit options are: grapes, melons, cherries, coconut, avocado, pineapple, oranges, and plums.

Coconut-based stews with turmeric, veggies, and quinoa are an excellent staple to consider when combating chronic rosacea.

Avoid physical activity in the "heat of the day". While it's healthy and detoxifying to sweat, use good judgement and make sure your intensive workouts happen sometime before noon.