Question: I am desperate with the condition of my skin (face), and I have been diagnosed with Rosacea.
I have tried everything, antibiotics, strong and soft, lotions, creams, etc… It’s been 2 years now and nothing!, I am 46 years old, and My face looks like a 15 with acne… red, flaky, pimples. Please let me know if there is a solution. Thank you so much!
Answer: There are fundamental dietary guidelines and supplements that should be included in any treatment plan for optimal results.
There is controversy over whether or not dietary habits have any influence on the frequency or severity of acne, roseacea or related skin conditions. So many references say there is no correlation between the two, however in my practice I have found that the removal of dairy products, caffeine, gluten, reducing the intake of chocolate and avoiding sugar as much as possible are all effective. A great starting place would be the detox diet outlined in The Hormone Diet or The Supercharged Hormone Diet.
Eating a healthy ratio of protein and low glycemic carbohydrates with each meal and snack can also balance blood sugar and subsequently stress hormones, both of which may reduce acne. Finally, be sure to include natural anti-inflammatory, healthy fats in your diet such as olive oil and fish oils. Avoid unhealthy oils like peanut, soy, vegetable or hydrogenated oils which will increase inflammation in the skin and worsen the problem.
Complete the stomach acid challenge (the instructions are on the book extra section of www.thehormonediet.com) , since low levels of HCL are often associated with Rosacea. Also, be sure to supplement daily with a probiotic.
As far as supplements are concerned, regardless of the cause of your acne one should include zinc 25-50mg per day, vitamin A 10,000-50,000IU per day (not to be taken by women who may be pregnant or attempting to conceive), vitamin C 1000-3000mg per day, and MSM 2000-4000mg per day for healing, collagen formation and tissue repair.