Triggers of Rosacea
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Rosacea sufferers know that certain foods, activities, temperatures, and other seemingly unrelated events (also known as “triggers”) can cause a flare up in rosacea symptoms. While you may not be able to completely avoid all triggers, it is important to identify them and to minimize your exposure to triggers as one part of your overall skin care regimen. Some common triggers are detailed below:
Alcohol, spicy foods, and hot (in temperature) food and drinks are all common rosacea triggers. The best remedy for food triggers is to cut them out of your diet, but you can also try substitutions, such as iced tea or iced coffee instead of their hot counterparts.
Vigorous exercise is great for your cardiovascular health, but it can worsen rosacea. It is not advisable to simply cut out exercise, but it is possible to modify your routine to lessen rosacea symptoms. The duration and intensity of exercise influences rosacea flare-ups. Consider low-intensity workouts or breaking up a long workout routine into smaller segments. Do not exercise in extremely hot or cold weather. If exercising indoors, make sure to have a fan or air conditioning system running, and always stay well hydrated.
Unfortunately you can’t control the weather, nor can you avoid going outdoors.. You can, however, control your exposure to the sun and elements. You should wear facial sunscreen every day, and dress appropriately during the summer and winter.
Other common rosacea triggers include stress and anxiety, certain medications and skin creams, and certain medical conditions. You may have more than one trigger, so it is important to meet with a physician to discuss your medical history.
If you are interested in learning more about rosacea triggers and your treatment options, please contact Skin Laser & Surgery Specialists of New York and New Jersey today for a consultation at (646) 461-8550.