Rosacea redness may sometimes appear as a facial skin rash. The question arises if this is a true rosacea flush or the direct result of the body’s immune system response that has been triggered by an allergen. An allergen triggered rash can caused by both an internal or external allergen. The triggering mechanism results from the immune system reacting or becoming hypersensitive to the allergen. At any given time the body’s immune system response is influenced by a variety of other considerations and as such the skin response can run the gamut from a minor flush or rash to a severe flushing response that may include itchy, swelling or inflammation from the same allergen.

A rosacea rash can result from inflammation of the skin due to direct topical contact with an irritating substance or allergen resulting in an immune system response. The allergens can include but may not be limited to lanolin, retinols, fruit acids used in anti-aging or exfoliating products, perfumes, fragrances, preservatives, the dyes or coloring agents used in cosmetics, lotions or creams, petroleum by-products which are frequently used shampoos and skin care products.

The immune system response may trigger a rosacea flush or rash as a result of foods or medications taken internally. It is often said that the western diet is the cause of many health issues. The western methods of processing and preserving foods have entered into the global environment which has given rise to many eastern cultures are now seeing increased incidence of rosacea skin rashes, flushing and allergic responses to prepared foods. The primary trigger causing these rashes, flushing or similar allergic response is gluten. Research has found that as many as 10% of the population may experience some degree of gluten intolerance.

Gluten is described as a molecular compound that forms an elastic protein that acts as the glue or binding agent that holds grain fibers together and gives them the familiar chewy texture. Gluten compounds are found in rye, spelt, wheat, barley and kamut. Gluten can be difficult to digest as the binding properties do not break down easily in the digestive tract.

Gluten is found in dough based foods such as cookies, breads, breakfast or energy bars and cakes. It is the primary agent that allows mixed ingredients in sauces, soups, candy and even flavoring additives to bind or blend together. Other sources of gluten can be found in toothpaste, denture creams, vitamins and oral medications.

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