More than one in every five rosacea sufferers noted that chocolate was one of their food triggers, according to survey data from the National Rosacea Society. The theory: Theobromine—the main alkaloid found in cocoa—dilates blood vessels and increases blood circulation, which contributes to skin flushing. These are the 12 things you should never, ever do to your skin.
One of the most commonly reported triggers, alcohol is linked with rosacea flare-ups, according to patients surveyed by the National Rosacea Society; red wine seems to produce the greatest reaction. “Alcohol causes vasodilatation—increased blood flow through the skin—which can make skin appear to be redder,” explains John E. Wolf, Jr., MD, professor and chairman of the department of dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine. Here are the 10 things you need to know about rosacea—whether you have it or not.
Spicy foods, including hot peppers, Mexican-style foods, chili, and salsa, can provoke a rosacea flare-up, according to National Rosacea Society survey data. Spicy foods worsened symptoms in up to 75 percent of people with rosacea, per the journal Dermatology Practical & Conceptual. Some researchers believe that there is a correlation between spicy food-induced rosacea flare-ups and gastrointestinal upset.