Some skin problems are not just skin-deep. Rosacea, for example, appears as redness on the surface but the problem lies deeper than the dermis. While there is no known cause of the condition, rosacea can be attributed to a vascular problem (blood vessels) that can be influenced by diet and other metabolic processes.

Along with skin care that addresses the symptoms of rosacea, you can help manage the condition with an alkaline diet. An alkaline diet is low on acids and high in bases, and if you look at your triggers, chances are, these are high in acids: alcohol, spicy foods and stress.

It will take time to get used to an alkaline lifestyle which starts with what you put in your mouth. You need not shift to this kind of diet over the weekend, but you can do the transition in one-week blocks. Maybe you can substitute hot coffee and chocolate in the morning to fresh fruit juice (contrary to popular belief, citrus juices alkalize when metabolized by the body), and maybe cut down on your red meat consumption the next. You may also swap starchy foods like potatoes with whole grains that are high in fiber to help flush out the toxins in your blood vessels. You can hasten this process by learning how to juice fresh vegetables and leaning towards vegetarian choices instead.

On top of an alkaline diet, go for a skincare regimen that mildly cleanses, hydrates and protects your skin from the sun (as sun exposure triggers outbreaks). Tea tree oil works great to control the flare ups, while supplementation of vitamin D3 is thought to abate its appearance, although it may not work for everyone.

Alkaline diet does only work against rosacea but against other skin problems as well. Zits will disappear faster, and acne, if there is no underlying problem (like low thyroid levels) that is the root cause of the condition, will also clear up quickly. Even better, alkaline diets complement an active lifestyle, and if you are not aboard it, will likely inspire you to get on one.