Rosacea support group


Sofina day cream

Sofina day cream

when suffering from rosacea facial products are can be a be a big help, or at least relief, but finding the right ones is a complicated mission.
As sun is a rosacea trigger we are advised to wear sunscreen all day every day, but high protection creams have a thick sticky consistency leaving a white layer on the skin. The best one i have so far tried (after experimenting with a few) is SOFINA.

Histamine Intolerance

We all have an enzyme (diamine oxidase) which breaks down any histamine that we absorb from a histamine-containing food. When we eat a food which contains histamine it does not affect us. However, some people have a low level of this enzyme. When they eat too many histamine-rich foods they may suffer ‘allergy-like’ symptoms such as headaches, rashes, itching, diarrhoea, and vomiting or abdominal pain. This is called histamine intolerance.

Foods that are particularly high in histamine and other vasoactive amines include:

Champagne, wine, beer, cider and other fermented drinks and spirits

Sauerkraut and other pickled foods

Vinegar and foods containing it such as dressings, pickles, mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard

Tofu and soya sauce

Parmesan cheese and other cheeses

Sausages and other processed meats (ham, salami, gammon, bacon)

Mushrooms and quorn

Tinned and smoked fish (tuna, salmon, herring) and crustaceans

Prepared salads

Tinned vegetables

Dried fruit, seeds, nuts

Yeast extract, yeast

Chocolate, cocoa, cola

Certain foods (even food that is low in histamine) can stimulate the release of histamine from mast cells in your body (a type of immune cell). These foods include:







Egg white













Red prunes



via Histamine Intolerance – Allergy UK.

potential rosacea food triggers

  • Liver
  • Yogurt
  • Sour cream
  • Cheese (except cottage cheese)
  • Chocolate
  • Vanilla
  • Soy sauce
  • Yeast extract (bread is OK)
  • Vinegar
  • Eggplant
  • Avocados
  • Spinach
  • Broad-leaf beans and pods,
    including lima, navy or pea
  • Citrus fruits, tomatoes, bananas,
    red plums, raisins or figs
  • Spicy and thermally hot foods
  • Foods high in histamine
  • Alcohol, especially red wine,
    beer, bourbon, gin, vodka or champagne
  • Hot drinks, including hot cider,
    hot chocolate, coffee or tea

bloated face

One of the biggest problems i have had from the beginning was the effect of my medical conditions to my face. I ve always been quite pretty and always relied to my face for looking and feeling good. Even when i put on weight i could always cover it up but look cute, even without any make up on. Since it all started and i was diagnosed with rosacea my face has changed. Even when i dont have flareups my cheeks have a constantly a red colour and not like a touch of blush but in big patches from my nose to my ears. they dont look charming but clownish and it has affected the overall appearance of my features. Along with the redness (or maybe because of it) came the swelling. The entire lower part of my face from under the eyes ti;l the chin has been constantly swollen giving a ballon like, chipmunk appearance. Even at times when its not severe the swelling is there and i can see it all the time. It is not related to my weight and that is very frustrating. But mostly it can show up and build up from one day to the other. Its not like when u put on weight and through a period of time your face becomes rounder… i wake up in the morning and IT S THERE. And it doesnt go.

So my mood changes accordingly. One day i am feeling very well, energised and happy. I go out, have a few drinks, have a good time, and the next day i wake up with a red ballooned face felling low, depressed, antisocial and wanting to stay in and be seen by no one. This seclusion is aggravated cause my way of feeling better is by eating – eating all the foods that probably worsen my condition and the balooning persists if not worsens.

If only it didnt happen so abruptly!