For two and a half years I had Acne Rosacea. I stressed, I took all the long term prescriptions I was told to and nothing happened.
Eventually a friend suggested I go to 'Psoriasis and Skin Clinic' in Brisbane (http://www.psoriasis.com.au). Within six months I'm clear!
Food! Salicylates, amines and glutamates in fact. I got rid of them in my diet (all my favourite foods) and it worked. The best bit is that nothings permanent! I know how to manage my rosacea now and eventually my intolerance to trigger foods will reduce and go away. At the moment I can have a little of them once or twice a week and I'm fine.
I'm pretty annoyed that it took so long to find someone who actually knew about the issue and how to fix it! All I heard from doctors, dermatologists and the internet was that there was no cure and that I was going to have to put up with it for the rest of my life. Not true!!
I've started a fb group to share my story with others. Check it out if you want to see how my face was when I started with Jacqui and what it looks like now.
I've also cut and past the lists of food to think about:
Actually here is what I remember not to touch: citrus, strawberries, raspberries, gherkins, olives, anything from the deli shop, tomatoes, capsicums, eggplants, mushrooms, all oils except for olive, sesame oil too, all vinegars except for malt vinegar, all processed meats, hard cheeses, all dried fruit, all spreads, jams, Vegemite, honey, chocolate, full strength coffee, high amounts of preservatives, artificial flavouring (chips, noodles, MSG), Chinese sauces, tomato sauces, Indian, fermented things (so no tofu), all nuts except for cashews, seeds, wines, beers, all kinds of juice and they were mostly the things I had anyway. There is more. If you want a detailed list I can pull out the sheet I have at home and send it to you another time.
Things I do eat!! Liquid Zinc, Liquid Zinc, Liquid Zinc (according to Jacqui... the magic piece of the puzzle), broccoli, pumpkin, peas, celery, legumes, pulses, potato, beans, spinach, carrots, squash, garlic, lettuce, cucumber (any vege or salad that isn't on the list above), rice, quinoa, cous cous, pasta (not wheat.. you can get some good ones from Organ ? the Italian style one is great! Could have wheat pasta too though), not too much bread, pears, pears, apples (golden delicious, red delicious, royal gala), mango, banana, and pears, paw paw, plain chips, hot chips, carob, marshmallows, all meats, biscuits (especially the hundreds and thousands ones), rice milk, cottage cheese, eggs, yoghurt, soft cheese, I could have cows milk but don't, peaches, lychees, cherries in moderation when in season, rockmelon, watermelon, salt, pepper, nutalex (like butter), raw sugar, golden syrup and I can't think of any of the rest... ask me later for more.
And don't forget the Zinc! Supposedly Australians are very low in it because our soils, and thus foods, are low. Zinc is great for healing the skin. Australia has more people dealing with skin problems than anywhere else!! Liquid zinc is the best choice.