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Elimination Diet


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Elimination Diets (sometimes also referred to Exclusion Diets) was first proposed by Dr. Albert Rowe in 1926 and expounded upon in his book, Elimination Diets and the Patient’s Allergies, published in 1941. Rosacea Trigger Avoidance is usually what is proposed by the NRS Factors That May Trigger Rosacea Flare-Ups which includes diet triggers, of which 18 are proposed:

Foods:
Liver
Yogurt
Sour cream
Cheese (except cottage cheese)
Chocolate
Vanilla
Soy sauce
Yeast extract (bread is ok)
Vinegar
Eggplant
Avocados
Spinach
Broad-leaf beans and pods, including lima, navy or pea
Citrus fruits, including tomatoes, bananas, red plums, raisins or figs
Spicy and thermally hot foods
Foods high in histamine

Beverages:
Alcohol, especially red wine, beer, bourbon, gin, vodka or champagne
Hot drinks, including hot cider, hot chocolate, coffee or tea

While probably most rosaceans after learning about the NRS Factors That May Trigger Rosacea Flare-Ups either from what others have told them or from their physician or on the internet may try to avoid items on this list in their diet the results from avoiding these items in their diet may prove helpful to some but many report otherwise. This is because there has never been proven in any clinical study that a specific rosacea trigger will trigger a rosacea flare up in every case. Not one. The only exception is a study done by JK Wilkin that discovered that it was not the caffeine in coffee that produces flushing but instead the heat. [1] Liver, Yogurt, Sour Cream, Cheese, Eggplant, and Spinach are the subject of an article worth your time reading. 

Apparently some, according to this thread, feel that if a rosacean decides to try avoiding any of the rosacea diet triggers proposed by the NRS or some other source that this is an elimination diet. For example, a rosacean decides to avoid spicy and thermally hot foods then one has engaged in an elimination diet. Dr. Michael agrees with me that this is not the case for he answers my question about this subject with the following statement:

“No, simply avoiding known or suspected triggers is not an elimination diet because this approach starts with the answer the elimination diet is designed to ask. Namely, what are my triggers or sensitivities?

A proper elimination diet involves two phases:

(1) an strict elimination phase whereby all potential offending foods and chemicals are avoided and

(2) a slow, systematic reintroduction of each potential offending food and chemical class in an attempt to identity your own individual sensitivities.” [2]

While an elimination diet may help you discover what is triggering your rosacea it is probably one of the more difficult diet approaches to take and certainly isn’t a popular one for there are few reports available that this has been successfully accomplished with rosacea. Simply avoiding certain food and drink which is what rosacea trigger avoidance is all about certainly isn’t an elimination diet. Click here for more information on rosacea triggers and click here for rosacea diet triggers

Sources

[1] Coffee a Trigger for Rosacea? Good News for Coffee Lovers!

[2] Michael_V post #3 [Michael is a physician]

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