Rosacea Triggers

Good Morning Dr Irwin: I have started reading your book "Surgery Free Makeover" and find it very informative. When addressing the consumption of coffee, is it the caffeine (can we drink more decaf coffee) or some other issue with coffee as to why we should limit our intake? Also, I see you have included in the book recommendations for laser treatment/ dermatologists. Do you have any recommendations for Orlando or Tampa, Florida? Many thanks! Valerie

Hi Valerie –

 There’s been an assumption that it’s the caffeine in the coffee that triggers rosacea but I’m not sure that an absolute.  I’ve had patients who flush with decaf and I’m not sure if that’s due to residual caffeine, the fact that its hot, or something else.  The bottom line is that if the decaf doesn’t trigger your symptoms, keep drinking it.  Remember that hot liquids alone trigger rosacea in some people.

I don’t have any recommendations in Orlando or Tampa but that doesn’t mean there might not be someone great there.  If you find someone, let me know.  I may include them after some additional research.   Dr. I


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