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Foods and Beverages that Trigger Rosacea Flare-ups

by in Rosacea January 16, 2008

Common Foods

Liver
Yogurt
Sour Cream
Cheese (except cottage cheese)
Chocolate
Vanilla
Soy Sauce
Yeast extracts (bread is OK)
Vinegar
Eggplant
Avocado
Spinach
Broad-leaf beans and pods
Citrus fruits (including tomatoes, bananas, red plums, raisins, figs)
Spicy and thermally hot foods
Foods high in histamine (see below)
PhotobucketBeverages

Alcohol, especially red wine, beer, bourbon, gin, vodka, champagne
Hot drinks, including hot cider, hot chocolate, coffee, and tea
Foods High in Histamine

Fermented foods (salami, pepperoni, sauerkraut, fermented fish, tempeh)
Artificial food coloring, especially tartrazine (yellow 5)
Benzoates including food sources of benzoates, benzoic acid, and sodium benzoate
BHA and BHT
All prepared dairy products made with restricted ingredients
All cheese
All yogurt
Butter milk
Products made with:
Anise
Artificial colors and flavors
Bleached flour
Anise
Chocolate/Cocoa
Cinnamon
Cloves
Curry powder
Hot paprika (cayenne)
Nutmeg
Seasoning packets with restricted ingredients
Margarine
Preservatives
Restricted fruit
Some jams, jellies
Any food made with or cooked in oils with hydorlyzed lecithin, BHA, BHT
Grain products
Commercial pie, pastry, and fillings
Baking mixes
Dry dessert mixes
All breakfast cereals except those make with plain grains
Most crackers except Grissol Melba Toast, RyVita, Rye Krisp, Wasa Light or Golden Crackers
All packaged rice and pasta meals except with natural/allowed ingredients
Vegetables:
Eggplant
Pumpkin
Sauerkraut
Spinach
Tomato
All vegetables prepared with restricted ingredients
Fruits
Apricot
Cherry
Cranberry
Currant
Date
Loganberry
Nectarine
Orange
Papaya
Peach
Pineapple
Prunes
Raisins
Raspberries
Strawberries
Fruit dishes, jams, juices, made with restricted ingredients
Meats and legumes
All fish and shellfish
All processed meat
All leftover cooked meat
Raw egg white (as in some eggnog, hollandaise sauce, milk shakes)
Soy beans
Red beans
Fats and prepared foods
Fats and oils with color and/or preservatives
Hydrolyzed lecithin
Prepared salad dressing with restricted ingredients
Prepared gravy
Flavored syrups
Prepared icings/frostings
Spreads with restricted ingredients
Cake decorations
Confectionary
Commercial candies
Flavored gelatin
Mincemeat
Prepared relishes and olives
Soy sauce
Miso
Commerial ketchup
Pickles
Flavored milks
Fruit drinks (except pure juices of allowed fruits and vegetables)
Carbonated drinks (except carbonated mineral water)
Alcohol: Beer, wine and cider and all other alcoholic beverages
Medications and Vitamin Supplements

Tartrazine is in some medications (both prescription and non-prescription), and some vitamin supplements. Essential medications should be tartrazine-free. Pharmacies keep a list of manufacturers who produce tartrazine-free products. Some toiletries and cosmetics may cause contact dermatitis.
Cosmetics
The following products may contain benzoates, check labels:
Eye cream
Hair dyes
Hair sprays
Skin creams
Perfumes
Soups
Sun screens
Vanishing cream
Other cosemetics

4 Comments
  1. Thank you for such good information. Most of these things are addressed by the Feingold Diet, but the emphasis is on the brand name foods that are OK to eat, rather than on those foods that must be avoided. Many people have successfully used the diet to address skin disorders. See http://www.feingold.org for details.

  2. Q. What can I eat?
    Hi Chris- I know it is really tough huh? I would start out with just moving to the concept of a bland diet without caffeine, spicy foods, and alcohol. The pickled and fermented foods and cheeses are especially irritating for people with rosacea. Start with worrying about the caffeine, spicy foods and alcohol, and see if your symptoms improve with the elimination of those. If not, then you will need to move to the next level and get pickled foods and cheeses out of your diet. It is too hard to remember all the fruits and veggies that you have to avoid. You could do that if you wanted to, but I think you would be better off working with the basics and then keeping a diet diary. A diet diary that tracks the foods you eat each day along with rating your rosacea symptoms on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the worst would be helpful for you to investigate which particular foods are truly a problem for you.
    Think of the list as common culprits that affect other rosacea sufferers and use it as a jumping off point to investigate your own triggers.
    Dr. Nicole Sundene

  3. Where can I get a list of some of the Name brand grocery items I can and cannot eat with my Interstitial Cystitis. There are hundreds of diets but I can not find a very detailed one on the specific food item from the grocery store.
    Thank you,
    Linda Davis

    • Hi Linda, this is a great question for a longer article but let me briefly clear up that these foods are the “TYPICAL SUSPECTS” and the best thing to do is eliminate them like I recommend in my food allergy elimination diet….that manor, and then test them three days at a time at high/pure/consistent levels like tomatoes with every meal type of thing to discover the foods that are causing the most bladder irritation. I also will post about the herbs that can be most healing for this condition. Most common offenders are: Coffee, tea, caffeinated beverages, tomato/nightshade fam, citrus.

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