Rosacea is a skin condition that causes your skin to glow red. Juicing has many benefits to those suffering from Rosacea.
Juicing may help calm Rosacea
Rosacea is often described as the “acne that isn’t acne.” Common acne originates in clogged pores. Rosacea does not involve clogged pores (although is it possible to have both common acne and rosacea at the same time). Common acne is most common in teens and young adults. Rosacea is most common after the age of 30. Common acne comes on over a period of at least overnight to a few weeks. Rosacea comes on in seconds. When thinking about juicing to help your rosacea, it is as much a matter of what you don’t drink as what you do.
Everyone who has rosacea has certain triggers that will make their skin break out. For some people, it is coming in to a warm room from winter cold outdoors. For others, it is drinking hot coffee or hot cocoa, or biting into chili peppers or taking a spoon of curry. Anything that feels “bracing” on the skin can trigger an attack in some people, and for others rosacea outbreaks are triggered by emotional distress. Blushing and flushing go hand in hand with rosacea.
The first thing to remember about rosacea is not to set off an outbreak. This means certain spices have to left out of juice drinks and smoothies, including cinnamon, mint, peppermint, wintergreen, or (for vegetable juices) chili flakes or Worchestershire sauce. Even an alcohol-free Bloody Mary can make the skin break out.
Chances are that if you have rosacea, you already know the drinks you have to avoid. The juices that help resolve rosacea work by strengthening blood vessels. They don’t have any special effects on your pores.
Circulation and Rosacea
The redness caused by rosacea is basically caused by tiny breaks in fragile capillaries. Some external force, such as heating the skin or the nervous system’s response to spicy food, causes them to expand rapidly and they pop. In the early stages of rosacea, these breaks in the skin’s blood supply cause red spots that come and go quickly across the cheeks and one the nose.
After a capillary has failed repeatedly, the breaks may form pustules on the nose, cheeks, and chin. Scar tissue may build up and create phymatous rosacea, which makes the skin bumpy. Scar tissue may be especially prominent on the nose. Sometimes the condition also causes telangiectasia, or spider veins, and involve the inner lining of the eyelids.
Researchers really do not know whether the dermal matrix that surrounds blood vessels in the skin breaks down first and rosacea results, or blood vessels break and release inflammatory chemicals that dissolves the surrounding skin. Either way, leaky blood vessels and red and bumpy skin are hallmark signs of rosacea. Three kinds of juice help strengthen blood vessels, eliminate redness, and smooth out the skin.
Blueberry, Blackberry, and Bilberry Juices for Rosacea
The three most helpful juices for rosacea are the three “B” berries blueberry, blackberry, and bilberry. All three berries contain anthocyanidins that help strengthen the walls of capillaries in the skin and in the retinas of the eyes.
Blueberries contain anthocyanins, flavanol oligomers, and chlorogenic acid that help strengthen blood vessels. Different varieties have different amounts of these helpful plant chemicals. Blueberries from high bushes, the kind of blueberry plants one might find in thickets in the woods, contain more of the skin corrective chemicals. Blueberries from low bushes, the kind of blueberries most often grown commercially, contain less. It does not really make a difference whether the blueberry is “wild” or not, but the plants that produce the berries that have more of the helpful chemicals happen to occur most often in the wild.
Even among cultivated varieties of blueberries, Bluecrop, O’Neal, Bluejay, and Brigitta blueberries contain 2 to 3 times more anthocyanins and flavonoids that are useful in skin and eye health than other varieties. Organically grown blueberries, oddly enough, tend to produce fewer anthocyanins than conventionally grown blueberries. Freshness, however, is the key factor in the anthocyanin content of the berries. Juice locally produced blueberries or use fresh-frozen blueberries to make juice of greatest skin-healthy benefits. Even bottled blueberry juice, however, contains at least some of the anthocyanins that mitigate rosacea.
Blackberry wine contains about the same level of anthocyanins as the most anthocyanin-rich blueberries, along with 50 times as much of the plant acids that are useful in skin health. Your digestive tract is best able to absorb these helpful plant pigments when you drink a small glass of blackberry wine between meals, or you add blackberry wine to a juice drink that you consume between meals. Blackberries themselves contain the highest level of anthocyanins (1) when they have been exposed to heat and drought, (2) at the end of the harvest season, and (3) when they are fully ripe.
If you live in North America, you may not be familiar with bilberries. In Europe, they are more often used to make jam than juice. Bilberries are a traditional remedy for vascular problems in the eyes, and they are also helpful to people who have rosacea.
Bilberries are very difficult to grow, and they are usually gathered in late summer from stands of bilberry bushes in bogs and damp forests. These wild-harvested berries have extraordinary antioxidant content, They have up to 9 times the total antioxidant power of strawberries, 12 times the antioxidant power of raisins, and 400 times the antioxidant power of carrots. They contain a variety of plant chemicals that complement and revitalize the antioxidants and plant pigments from other juices.
In Europe, bilberry juices and jams are usually made from berries collected on family outings. In both Europe and North America, the place you are most likely to find bilberry products is the food court at IKEA—look for blåbärssoppa or bottled bilberry juice.
Just How Useful Is Juicing to help cure your Rosacea?
Blueberry, blackberry, and bilberry juices and wine help build strong blood vessels that are less likely to cause breakouts. But there are other nutritional interventions that also help.
Many, although not all, people who have rosacea also have infections with a “stomach bug” known as Helicobacter pylori. Chewing deglycyrrhizinated licorice tablets (also known as DGL) helps kills the bacteria that may aggravate rosacea. It is important to use deglycyrrhizinated licorice because it has been treated to remove the licorice compounds that can cause potassium buildup in the bloodstream. The tablets have to be chewed to mix the active chemical with saliva to transform it into a form that kills the bacteria.
Barley products may help with facial flushing. They contain rutosides, which also help build up vascular tone. If you don’t eat barley, you can take rutoside supplements.
Many naturopathic physicians associate rosacea with a condition called hypochlorhydria, or insufficient stomach acid. Betaine helps increase stomach acid to increase digestion and to kill bacterial infections of the stomach. It should be taken before a meal. Start with one capsule or pill before each meal, increasing to two or three as long as you do not experience any kind of stomach pain or acid reflux after taking the betaine supplement.