What is the role of chemicals and ingested agents in the pathophysiology of rosacea?

Updated: Aug 14, 2018
  • Author: Agnieszka Kupiec Banasikowska, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Spicy foods, alcohol, and hot beverages were traditionally thought to trigger flushing in patients with rosacea. However, most evidence does not support dietary factors playing a central role in the pathogenesis. Moreover, certain medications, such as amiodarone, topical steroids, nasal steroids, and high doses of vitamins B-6 and B-12, may cause flares for patients with rosacea.


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