Can Gluten Intolerance Cause Rosacea? (Skincare Q&A)

Have you noticed any red flares on your face of late?

Do you suspect it could be rosacea and think that maybe your gluten intolerance is making it worse?

Are you worried that your gluten intolerance is causing the rosacea?

If you are trying to find the answers to any of these, this article may be the piece of information you are looking for. In this, we are discussing at length about rosacea and what connect it has with gluten intolerance. We first tell you what rosacea is and what can make the symptoms worse. We also talk about what it looks like and why it is caused. Also, we discuss some of the best ways in which you can manage it, if it is a result of your gluten intolerance.

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What is rosacea? 

Rosacea is a very common but a chronic form of adult acne that does not have any known cure yet.

what is skin condition
  • It is a type of skin condition that can be controlled with various changes and additions in your lifestyle and can also be taken care of and managed better with medical help.
  • Taking the right type of treatment and precautions can also help you to avoid any further recurrence.
  • Rosacea is a very common type of skin condition that can be found in anyone. However, it is most common in those who have very fair skin or who are in their middle age.

What does it look and feel like?

In most of the cases, you will notice rosacea on the nose and on the nearby areas.

symptoms of rosacea
  • If you have rosacea, you will notice a good amount of redness on your face, on the cheeks, forehead and even on the chin.
  • In this case, the blood vessels in your face will also become very visible. These can often look like small thin spider lines that are visible under the skin.
  • Also, in a lot of the cases, it looks as if you are blushing a lot, or as if your face is flushing a lot.
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    Rosacea can also look a lot like small red pimples as well as small and very fine vascular lines that are red in colour. These are also known in the medical world as telangiectasias and appear on the skin of your face.
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    Sometimes, it could also appear that your nose is very large, especially if there is a cluster of the red pimple like appearances on the skin.
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    In some cases, you could also face eye problems at the same time as these signs appear, and your eyes may look red or swollen. You may also experience watery or itchy eyes.
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    You may feel a stinging or burning sensation on your face.
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    You could have pimples or bumps show up on your face, and some of them could ooze out a liquid or start to crust.
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    In some cases, if it is not treated in time, it could enlarge the tissues in your nose and this could make your nose look permanently bigger.

What is it commonly caused by?

As yet, there is no specific cause of rosacea, and there are various things that could trigger it. In most of the cases, it can be a combination of both your hereditary issues as well as certain other environmental factors that you are especially sensitive to (whether or not you know about it).

Whatever the causes, here are some of the most common reasons that could make your rosacea worsen and appear more prominent than it already is:

causes of rosacea
  • If you eat something that is very spicy
  • If you have been drinking a lot of alcoholic beverages
  • If you are infected with an intestinal bacteria that is known as Helicobacter pylori
  • Cathelicidin is a type of protein that prevents your skin from developing any type of infection. However, in some cases, this protein itself can cause the rosacea to worsen
  • Demodex is a type of skin mite that could make your rosacea worsen; it also contains a type of bacterium that is known as Bacillus oleronius that can also make the condition worse

Can gluten intolerance cause rosacea? 

When you have gluten intolerance, you are at a higher risk of suffering from a lot of the extraintestinal symptoms, which refers to the symptoms that show up outside your gut. Rosacea is one such skin disease or condition that is part of the extraintestinal symptom that can show up, especially if you are intolerant to gluten and that is causing the rosacea.

How can something you eat affect your skin this way? 

Gluten intolerance is a common trigger for any signs of rosacea to flare up in your body.

how gluten intolerance cause rosacea

According to a medical study that was done to check about the connection between gluten intolerance and rosacea, it was found that those who have gluten intolerance are twice as likely to suffer from rosacea as compared to those who do not have it. Also, it was found that this link between the two was more common in women than in men.

If you do get rosacea from gluten, how soon after ingestion does the skin start to flare up?

Different people tend to suffer from the effects of gluten on their skin in different ways, and this also shows up in the way that rosacea may show up on your face.

what is rosacea
  • In some people, the symptoms of rosacea can start to show up within two to three days after you have ingested some food that contains gluten.
  • However, if you are extremely sensitive to gluten, it is possible that you may start to notice the symptoms of rosacea as early as the same day itself, or the next day.
  • Some of the most common types of food that contain gluten either naturally in them or as part of an ingredient are breads, pastas, seasonings, crackers, spice mixes, couscous, semolina, barley, chicken broth that you get from the store, soy sauce, some of the salad dressings, condiments and so on.

What is the most effective way to test if your rosacea is, in fact, caused by gluten?

One of the first and most effective ways to test if your rosacea is being caused by your gluten intolerance is to speak to your doctor, and get a test done. Your doctor may suggest some skin tests or blood tests. These tests will help to find out the immediate as well as delayed response triggers, and it will help you to understand more about the foods that seem to be causing the flare up in your rosacea symptoms.

can gluten intolerance cause rosacea

In addition, you can also start an elimination diet that will help you to understand which of the foods are causing an allergic reaction and making your rosacea flare up. Once you can see that not having a certain food is helping the rosacea symptoms to get better and to clear up, you would know that these are the triggers that are causing the flare up.

In addition, you should also try to reduce or cut down eating any food product that contains wheat or any traces of gluten in it, no matter how less, you can also try and reduce your sugar intake.


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