Last week I finally gave up on my skin and my self diagnosis and went to the doctor. It turns out it’s not a fungal infection, it’s rosacea.
Rosacea is a long-term skin condition that typically affects the face. It results in redness, pimples, swelling, and small and superficial dilated blood vessels. Often the nose, cheeks, forehead, and chin are most involved.
I had heard of rosacea before and previously had an inkling that I may have it due to my rosy cheeks which often show surface blood vessels. I often had a red rash around my nostrils which is a sure sign, but apparently between the ages of 30-50 the condition worsens if not under control. God getting old is amazing. At the moment I’d say my rosacea is under control, but I worry that if I don’t take it seriously, it could get worse. Plus, the ugliness of it and the itching is driving me mental.
After reducing my skin regime to basics (jojoba oil to wash and moisturise) and using the prescribed topical antibiotic gel which contains metronidazole for a week, I’m not seeing a lot of change. Further research on the chronic condition taught me that stress and diet can also play major factors in it flaring up. So my next step, as advised, is to start a skin diary and eliminate food and drinks that are proven skin irritants (all the good ones; sugar, dairy, coffee, alcohol and red meat) and keep note of stressful days and weeks, where the condition may peak. From past Whole30 experiences I know this is all truth for my skin, when I eat clean my skin glows and I’ve never had the red rash in that period.
I guess now that I’m more educated and there’s a direct result to my eating a high sugar, fatty diet all washed down with wine; I have to do something about it (of course, not even including the fact I could do with losing 30kgs). My body got sick of putting on weight and is instead now screaming at me through the angry, itchy, red rash on my face. My skin feels more sensitive at the moment too, and I can feel a very slight sizzling on my face in the areas of the rash, like it could erupt.
Skin was always my thing. People always told me I had lovely skin so this one has really hit home to me, more than putting on weight. It’s a wake up call. I’ll admit though, the idea of giving up coffee makes me want to cry. I’m not going to go hardcore on day one, instead I’m working on cutting out sugar and alcohol as a start – as they will help my skin and my weight. Next step is sticking to more chicken and fish over red meat, which Phil is already worried about, but I’ve warned him he’s lucky we’re not going vegan.
I’m also going to work more anti-inflammatory foods into my diet, such as; salmon, goat cheese, asparagus, kale and blueberries (these may differ to anti-inflammatory foods for gut health) to help reduce the rosacea.
I wanted to take the opportunity to ask as well, has anyone had experience with rosacea or similar? Perhaps you’ve done an elimination diet? Did it work?