Rosacea Review - Newsletter of the National Rosacea SocietyRosacea Review - Newsletter of the National Rosacea Society

Tips for Rosacea Trigger-Free Living

You know how it is. You’re going about your daily life when bam! Your rosacea flares up. While it may not be possible to avoid everything that might trigger a sudden increase in signs and symptoms, here are some ways to keep flare-ups to a minimum.

Know your triggers. Once you have uncovered the lifestyle and environmental factors that contribute to your flare-ups, you have a much better chance of controlling your condition. The NRS provides a diary to help identify and avoid those factors that affect your individual case.

Stay cool. Heat is one of the primary triggers for many rosacea patients. If you feel yourself begin to overheat in warmer weather or while exercising, calm the redness and burning by applying cool compresses to your face or misting yourself with a spray bottle filled with cool water. Flushing can often be controlled by chewing on ice chips.

Avoid stress. Don’t try to do too much in a day, and schedule specific downtime when you can relax and regroup. Consider meditating, and allow yourself time off from your daily roles to do something fun.

Use sunscreen and avoid wind. Sun exposure is the most frequently cited factor that aggravates rosacea. Be sure to use sunscreen daily with an SPF of 30 or higher. Stay in shaded areas, or wear a broad-brimmed hat. On windy days, a scarf can help protect your face.

Take your meds. Remember to use your medication as prescribed by your doctor to help maintain long-term remission of your signs and symptoms.