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Thank you for the information. Your history is suggestive of a diagnosis of Acne Rosacea
. This is characterized by facial erythema (flushing) and acne like bumps. Thread veins may or may not be present. You do not have regular acne because it is very rare at your age and is not triggered by foods like you have described. Rosacea on the other hand often is.
There are numerous medical options for treatment. I usually start with Capsule Doxycycline
100 mg twice a day for 1 month and then once daily for 2-3 months + Metronidazole gel
applied over the affected area in the morning and Tacrolimus ointment
at night. + an SPF 50+ sunscreen
. Resistant redness benefits from laser treatment with the pulsed dye laser. Sun protection is extremely important during therapy.
NOTE: All of the above are prescription drugs however. I would recommend seeing your dermatologist/GP/Family physician and discussing my recommendations with him/her.
There is no hard and fast rule of foods to avoid in Rosacea apart from very hot food like hot tea or coffee, alcohol (particularly beer and wine), foods high in histamine like bananas and spicy food. Mentioned below is a list of common food triggers in Rosacea. However please note that all of these do not apply to every single Rosacea patient, so only avoid those that actually cause flares in your particular case.Foods:
Cheese (except cottage cheese)
Yeast extract (bread is ok)
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 histamineBeverages:
Alcohol, especially red wine, beer, bourbon, gin, vodka or champagne
Hot drinks, including hot cider, hot chocolate, coffee or tea
For a more complete list of other triggers and general measures useful in Rosacea
please visit: http://www.rosacea.org/patients/materials/coping/tripwires.php
Hope this information is useful, please feel free to ask if you have any queries.