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April 14, 2016
UPDATED October, 2018
An interview with Registered Nutritional Consulting Practitioner and Professional Chef Kimberly Banting of Flourish Nutrition.
Battling Rosacea can be a frustrating and embarrassing experience. It is easy to feel overwhelmed, especially if you are facing a flare up for the first time. Take a deep breath and rest assured you are not alone. According to the National Rosacea Society1 an estimated 16 million Americans live with this emotionally frustrating skin condition.
It is no secret that stress, diet and lifestyle choices can wreak havoc on our skin so we decided to seek professional help to find out how small lifestyle and diet changes may help you reduce your Rosacea symptoms and regain a radiant healthy complexion.
Our expert today is Kimberly Banting of Flourish Nutrition in Canada. Kim is a Registered Nutritional Consulting Practitioner, Holistic Health Practitioner and Professional Chef. In this interview we discuss the possible causes of rosacea and small changes you can make today that may help reduce your symptoms and give your skin renewed vitality.
Exactly what is Rosacea? And why do you have it? According to Kim, Rosacea is the “Chronic inflammation of the skin where redness appears on the nose and cheeks and skin may also be covered in pimples. Rosacea is vascular in nature, which means it is related to your blood vessels and not oily skin.”
According to the National Rosacea Society, Rosacea often goes undiagnosed because the most common initial symptoms – flushing and persistent redness – are often overlooked or mistaken for something else, such as sunburn
While anyone can suffer from Rosacea “fair skinned women between the ages of 25 and 70 years” are the most frequent sufferers.
In fact, a survey conducted by the National Rosacea Society2, showed 7 out of 10 first developed rosacea when they were in their 30s or older. Only 1 in 10 were under 20.
Rosacea is more frequently diagnosed in women. It is also believed that rosacea may run in families, and may be especially prevalent in people of northern or eastern European descent.
In state-by-state estimates, Maine, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut are shown to have the greatest prevalence of rosacea, each with over 10 percent of their adult populations. Meanwhile, Hawaii scored the lowest incidence at 2.7 percent3
Unfortunately the causes of Rosacea are not clearly understood. Why do you have Rosacea but your best friend doesn’t? Kim suggests several factors may play a role. These include:
Take a look at this list – if any of these apply to your situation they may be contributing to or aggravating your Rosacea. All of these things are sign your body is out of balance. By correcting these imbalances you may be able to better control your symptoms. Not sure how to proceed? It may be worth discussing your symptoms with a professional who can help you identify imbalances in your system and give you a proper roadmap for regaining your health.
Sometimes there is no apparent reason for a flare-up. Oftentimes, however, certain types of food or even the weather can trigger a reaction. According to Kim, the most common triggers for a flare up include:
While there is no known cure for Rosacea, Kim explains there are several steps you can take to help prevent or minimize your Rosacea symptoms naturally:
Kim also recommends eliminating or severely reducing the amount of dairy products you consume, at least temporarily. Kim explains “Dairy is very difficult for most people to digest and is often found to be the culprit when inflammatory skin disorders appear.”
It’s no secret that a proper diet is needed for a healthy body. But what can it do for your skin and your fight against Rosacea? Kim says, “Along with eliminating the harmful foods that may be contributing to your rosacea, a healthy diet must be consumed in order to cleanse the body of toxins and nourish and heal the skin.” A healthy diet will provide you with all of the essential nutrients your body needs to fight inflammation caused by Rosacea and help maintain healthy skin.
Not sure where to begin?
To kick-start your fight against inflammation - Kim has provided one of her delicious recipes to nourish and heal your skin. The following recipe contains plenty of B vitamins that are often deficient in people with rosacea, vitamin C that helps to fight inflammation as well as zinc, which is also important to maintain healthy skin.
Most importantly – be kind to yourself. Lets face it – life has a habit of getting in the way of us making the lifestyle or diet changes we know will help us. It is easy to feel overwhelmed. Remember even small changes can help improve your skin and overall complexion.
When it comes to rosacea, we like keeping things simple. It is critical to use gentle skincare products that won't further aggravate your skin.
See our recommendations in A Simple And Effective Skincare Routine For Rosacea. This simple routine helps take the guesswork out of caring for your sensitive skin.
Kim is available for a private one on one consultation (in person or by Skype) to help you identify what may be contributing to or aggravating your Rosacea. She can work with you to identify and correct underlying nutritional deficiencies and body system imbalances so you may be able to better control your symptoms.
You can reach Kim at:
Phone: 647.202.7649 or you may email her at email@example.com
1 National Rosacea Society (rosacea.org)
2 Survey Defines Progression of Rosacea, National Rosacea Society
3 Where Is Rosacea Worst? Map Points to Northeast, National Rosacea Society
Cauliflower and Broccoli Salad
½ head cauliflower, cut into bite sized florets
½ head broccoli, cut into bite sized florets
1 medium carrot, peeled and shredded
1 cup apples, diced
1 tbsp chia seeds
½ cup goji berries
2/3 cup raw pumpkin seeds
2 tbsp orange juice
4 tbsp organic apple cider vinegar with “Mother”
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
sea salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp each fresh tarragon, parsley and cilantro, finely chopped
Will keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
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