A ruddy complexion may run in your family, or it could be the result of certain medical conditions, acne, prescription medications or too much sun over a long period of time. Regardless of the cause, what you put inside your body can exacerbate your symptoms. Including certain foods and excluding others can help minimize a ruddy complexion. You should consult your dermatologist before making any big changes to your topical skin care or your diet to help address skin tone issues. Healthy skin can be achieved through the right combination of supplements, spf, and not eating inflammatory foods. Whether it’s using dermatology and diet to treat breakouts, for anti-aging and fine lines, or to calm your capillaries to avoid a ruddy complexion, here are some tips.
Your ruddy complexion may consist of a light flush of pigment to the cheeks, rough patches of redness or inflamed acne-like pustules. The skin condition rosacea is a common cause of ruddy skin and affects approximately 100 million people, according to the website of the International Rosacea Foundation. Rosacea symptoms appear when the blood vessels at the surface of the sensitive skin become inflamed or dilated. Although no one is certain what makes some people more vulnerable to rosacea or skin redness than others, certain lifestyle behaviors can trigger outbreaks or exacerbate existing symptoms of skin health. Whether your ruddiness is hereditary, related to rosacea or results from another trigger, it can make you self-conscious, and in the case of rosacea, can lead to permanent changes to your appearance. Sometimes UV rays or sun damage can make rosacea more prominent. Rosacea and hereditary ruddiness cannot be cured, but may be controlled with lifestyle changes – including your diet.
Fruits and Veggies
A healthy diet full of vegetables and fruits may help promote healthier looking skin, notes MayoClinic.com. These foods are a rich source of antioxidants, which fight inflammation-causing free radicals in the body. You are exposed to free radicals from the sun, pollution and skin irritants such as cigarette smoke and alcohol -- all of which can contribute to a ruddy complexion. Leafy greens, berries and pomegranates are especially high in antioxidants. Beans, a plant-based source of protein, offer zinc which can have antioxidant properties that fight redness.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids that fight inflammation. When you do not get enough omega-3 fatty acids, but too many omega-6 fatty acids – found in deli meats; oils such as cottonseed, peanut and canola oil; and many soy foods -- you may see an increase in inflammation in your body and a ruddier complexion. Seek out more omega-3-containing foods such as cold-water fish, flaxseed, hemp seed, walnuts and sea vegetables to keep your body in balance and your complexion healthy.
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Foods to Avoid
Spicy foods and alcohol are implicated in ruddy flare ups, especially if you suffer from rosacea. Dairy products, aged cheese; monosodium glutamate, or MSG; citrus; and nightshade vegetables such as eggplants and peppers are also potential aggravators. Avoiding processed foods can also help a ruddy complexion. Processed foods are usually highly refined and contain sugar, preservatives, trans fats, white flour and chemical dyes that can irritate red blood cells and cause redness. Chips, soda, fast food, candy, cookies, cereal, cakes, snacks and bars are among the most processed foods available.
- MayoClinic.com: Rosacea
- National Rosacea Society: Rosacea Trigger Survey
- MayoClinic.com: Five Tips for Healthy Skin
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Omega-3 Fatty Acids
- Office of Dietary Supplements: Vitamin C
- International Rosacea Foundation: Symptoms of Rosacea
- CNN: Is Your Diet Good For Your Skin
- Journal of Nutrition: The Antioxidant Properties of Zinc
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