Who knew Rosacea could negatively affect eye health? Rosacea is a common dermatologic skin condition most commonly found of the face. It is inflammatory in nature and can be initiated by triggers such as stress, poor gut health, toxic product use and exposure to elements.

Because of this chronic condition often showing up around the eyes and eyelids we see it most often present as symptoms of redness, burning, irritation and dryness. There are several steps we recommend in preventing rosacea flare ups:

  1. Keep stress under control. Increased cortisol can lead to inflammatory spells.
  2. Stick to an anti-inflammatory diet. Poor gut health leads to poor eye health.
  3. Avoid toxic product use around the eyes. Lash extension glue, formaldehyde, parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, and others can cause toxicity to the eyelid margin leading to inflammation. Look for cleaner and safer ingredients in makeup and eye creams.  Our doctor can make recommendations for safer products.
  4. Use a tea tree oil eyelid cleanser to remove makeup and maintain an environment that reduces inflammation. We recommend WeLoveEyes foaming cleanser, cleansing oil and makeup remover oil. Each of these items are available in our offices.
  5. Probiotic foods or supplements help maintain beneficial bacteria in the gut which results in improved skin appearance, reduced inflammation and benefits to your immunity.

Here is a list of some foods that contain probiotic benefits:

  • Yogurt
  • Kefir
  • Kombucha
  • Sauerkraut
  • Miso
  • Tempeh
  • Kimchi
  • Pickles

Not only can probiotics help with rosacea, but they also have added benefits to conditions such acne, psoriasis, and eczema.

About the Author

Dr. Carrie Roitstein has over 25 years of experience in the Optometry industry. With offices in Hinsdale and Chicago’s Gold Coast, she combines her expertise of medical wellness with the use of the latest technology diagnosing and treating eye conditions. She is a graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry.

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