19 Feb Rosacea Triggers You Need to Know About
There’s no cure for rosacea, but knowing your triggers is key to minimizing flare-ups. At Spectrum Dermatology, rosacea clients are equipped with the knowledge and tools to manage the common condition that causes flushing, redness, and sometimes bumps or thick skin. Rosacea usually occurs on the face, which means eye and sinus problems are possible with flare-ups. There are a few common triggers to be aware of, or to monitor, if you’re not sure if they are triggers for you.
Sunlight is one of the most common triggers. While it’s important to always wear sunscreen when outdoors for skin health, sunscreen isn’t going to protect your skin from triggering rosacea. It’s a good idea to wear protective clothing such as a hat and sunglasses. Heat from the sun also has the risk of dilating vessels further, worsening rosacea.
Your diet can also play a role. Common food triggers include spicy foods, alcohol, and hot beverages. However, everyone is different and you might notice that other foods are connected to rosacea flare-ups. Although hot beverages can be a trigger, studies have shown that regular coffee drinkers actually have fewer rosacea flare-ups—perhaps because it has natural immunosuppressive effects.
Stress can be a big trigger for many rosacea patients, which is yet another reason why it’s so important to have your own stress management techniques that work for you. Practicing yoga and meditation help many rosacea patients. However, overly intense exercise is actually a rosacea trigger for many. It’s critical to keep up an exercise routine, but moderation is key as is working out in a cool space to avoid overheating.
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Finally, skin care products and some medications are also linked to rosacea outbreaks. Your dermatologist should work with you to choose and customize skin care solutions that achieve your goals while minimizing rosacea flare-ups. If you’re ready to get started on a customized rosacea management plan, contact Spectrum Dermatology today.