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What You Can Do to Prevent Rosacea Flare-Ups

Rosy cheeks tell the world when you’re happy, excited, embarrassed, even in love. But when you have rosacea and the red shade of your face doesn’t match your emotions, you may be having a flare-up. Follow these tips to help prevent them.

Your reddish, ruddy complexion may be more than just your natural skin tone. Rosacea — a chronic skin condition that makes your face look like it’s perpetually blushing — affects more than 14 million people in the United States. For some, it progresses beyond the blush and appears as swollen, bumpy skin on the cheeks, chin, and forehead. You might even mistake it for acne.

You may also notice that it comes and goes. That’s because while rosacea is always with you, certain things can trigger it to flare up and appear worse. Dr. Jason Tate at Tate MD Laser and Aesthetics in Taneytown, Maryland, can help you identify your triggers so you can avoid them and minimize flare-ups. He can also treat your symptoms.

The best way to manage the effects of rosacea is to learn what triggers your flare-ups. Keep in mind that triggers are not one-size-fits-all, and each person with rosacea responds differently. Below are a few things that commonly cause the redness to rise. Avoiding them can prevent rosacea flare-ups.

Too much sun and heat

Spending time in direct, intense sunlight could be a trigger. Different from sunburn, a rosacea flare-up happens just from getting too hot. Avoid situations where you can’t find shade. If you know you’ll be in a place without protection, bring your own, such as a wide-brimmed hat or an umbrella.

Overheating can happen indoors, too. Your rosacea flare-ups could come from a strenuous workout, cooking in a hot kitchen, spending time in a sauna or hot tub, taking hot baths or showers, or anything that raises your body temperature.

Cold weather

Winter is tough on your rosacea. Cold, harsh weather can be very drying; add in gusty winds, and your skin can react. Navigating the winter with rosacea can be tricky, because you have to keep warm but not get too hot. Here are a couple of tips:

  • Wear a scarf to protect your face from the wind
  • Let your hot cocoa cool a bit before sipping it
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Use a humidifier

You also can moisturize your skin with a mild lotion. Be mindful of added ingredients in skin-care products that also can trigger flare-ups.

Alcohol

Having a glass of wine at the end of the day can be relaxing and delicious. But alcohol is one of the main triggers for rosacea flare-ups.

While any alcohol can potentially aggravate your rosacea, red wine tops the list of offenders. That’s because red wine contains tyramines — chemicals that dilate your blood vessels even more than pure alcohol.

Other beverages to beware of include white wine, beer, tequila, champagne, vodka, bourbon, gin, rum, and scotch. If you do imbibe, flush your system with plenty of cool water to dilute the alcohol and lessen the flushing effect.

Stress

Too much stress has a negative impact on your overall health and well-being, and when it comes to rosacea, it’s another main cause of flare-ups. To reduce your stress so you stay healthy and manage your rosacea, try:

  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Conflict/anger management classes
  • Breathing exercises
  • Exercise
  • Support groups

The more you keep calm, the more you control rosacea outbreaks.

Spicy foods and drinks

If you notice that your rosacea worsens when you hit the hot sauce, you’re among the 78% of rosacea sufferers who report that spicy food aggravates their condition. The chemical capsaicin common in hot peppers affects the heat receptors in your skin and makes your rosacea kick in. Cutting back on the jalapeños and habañeros may lower your risk of an episode.

But heat comes in two forms: spice level and temperature. Steamy beverages and piping hot foods can trigger your rosacea as well. Consider opting for iced tea and coffee over their hot counterparts to give your face a break from the blush.

While some food can trigger a flare-up, others can calm one down. Adding foods that are considered anti-inflammatory may make a difference in your rosacea. To name just a few: berries, melon, cauliflower, asparagus, ginger, turmeric, cucumber, and grapes.

Unprotected skin

Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) is an important part of everyone’s daily routine, but for rosacea sufferers, it’s an absolute must. Likewise, applying a daily moisturizer may help you keep flare-ups at bay. Remember to choose products formulated for sensitive skin. Perfumes and dyes are added variables that may cause your skin to react and redden.

Following these tips and avoiding your triggers can help you manage and even minimize your flare-ups. If your rosacea doesn’t respond to these techniques and you need help reducing the effects of extreme rosacea, Dr. Tate can offer topical, medical, and even laser treatment options to combat your rosacea and make symptoms easier to live with. Call today for a consultation.