Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that causes facial redness. It also produces tiny, red bumps filled with pus. There are certain factors that trigger flare-ups. We’ll discuss some of them here.
Food and Beverages that Can Trigger Rosacea Flare-up
If you have rosacea, it would be wise to limit or avoid intake of the following foods and drinks.
- Alcoholic beverages
- Hot drinks
- Foods that are spicy
- Foods that are still hot (temperature-wise)
Activities that Can Trigger Rosacea Flare-up
There are also activities that can trigger rosacea to flare-up.
- Heavy exercises or activities that demand heavy exertion.
- Having hot baths or saunas.
Other Factors That Trigger Rosacea Flare-up
Certain weather elements also cause rosacea to flare-up.
- Both hot and cold weather can trigger flare-up.
- A humid weather condition also may trigger a flare-up.
- Both wind and sunlight can cause a flare-up.
Emotional factors also play a role.
- Stress as well as anxiety can lead to a flare-up.
- The same is true with any sudden change in emotion including laughing so hard and feeling embarrassed.
Certain medical conditions can also trigger rosacea such as menopause, chronic coughing as well as withdrawal from caffeine. Certain medications including topical steroids, drugs for regulating blood pressure as well as opiate painkillers are also known to trigger a flare-up. Certain skin care products can also trigger a flare-up.
If you want to dig deeper about the different triggers, causes, symptoms, and treatments of rosacea, read our comprehensive article.
It is important to note that while all of these things are known to trigger flare-ups, not all of these things will trigger your rosacea to flare-up. You should observe what certain things are triggering your rosacea to act up. It would be ideal to have a diary tracking triggers that make your symptoms get worse. Once you have identified triggers of your rosacea, you should do your best to avoid them or protect yourself from these triggers.
Some of the known triggers cannot be controlled such as the weather. But there are ways for you to protect yourself from the weather elements. Wear a hat and lather on sunscreen lotion whenever going outside. On cold days, wear clothes that will warm you up and on warm days, make sure that you wear light clothing.
Exercise is essential to good health. Although it can trigger rosacea, you should not cut out exercise in your life and miss out on all its health benefits. You can make some little adjustments so you can still keep physically active while at the same time managing to avoid rosacea. Instead of doing one long workout, split your exercise routines into shorter ones. It may be best to do low-intensity workouts for a longer time instead of doing physically demanding ones. Avoid exercising outdoors especially when it’s very hot and if you are working out indoors, keep cool by having a fan or the air conditioning turned on. Drink plenty of water while working out and after cover your face with a cool cloth.
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