It has long been known that a variety
of cues or triggers will cause a rosacea sufferer to
flush (become red). Although there is not yet a cure for Rosacea, a
combination of treatment of the symptoms and lifestyle
changes to avoid these triggers can greatly reduce the negative impacts of
Below is a list of commonly recommended lifestyle changes.
Each person will find that some of these items are more
or less useful to them. The most important
thing is to recognize your individual triggers and
adjust your lifestyle accordingly.
Avoid exposure to the sun whenever possible and
use a good, non-irritating sunscreen whenever exposure cannot be
avoided. Extremes of heat or cold may be a trigger
for many people. Even hot showers, baths and warm
rooms may cause a problem for some people. Exposure
to wind (particularly cold winds) has also been
shown to be a trigger for many people.
Avoid food and drinks which may induce Rosacea
symptoms. Common problem foods and drinks
include spicy foods and dairy products. It is often
recommended that alcohol should be avoided. Some
people will find that any sort of hot drink will
trigger a Rosacea reaction. It is sometimes
said that caffeinated
products such tea & coffee will cause problems
however a 1981 study found that the cause is more
likely to be the temperature of the drink rather
than the caffeine.
Since Tobacco products are stimulants they are not recommended.
Smoking also damages blood vessels which may worsen
Take care of your skin. Choose skin products
carefully. Avoid scrubbing and products which
may irritate the skin including exfoliant and
astringent products (which contain alcohol). Only very mild products should be used
on the face. Use water-based make-up and sunscreen.
Avoid stressful situations. Anger, embarrassment
and fright may all result in flushing and trigger
Moderate, rather than hard exercise may be
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