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Tell Rosacea to Take a Hike: Tips for Walking Without Flare-ups This Summer

Walking and hiking are great ways to exercise and enjoy the best that nature has to offer this summer. Before burning some sneaker rubber, consider these tips for reducing the rosacea triggers that might cross your path:

Protect yourself from the sun. Wear a hat to protect your face and apply sunscreen before setting out. Look for a formula that contains physical blockers like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide and offers at least 30 SPF. Walk in shady areas when possible.

Be careful with bug spray. Avoid spraying too close to the face. Due to the likelihood of touching your face, wash your hands after applying repellent. Try applying the spray to your clothing (socks, pant legs, etc.) rather than directly onto your skin.

Plan your walk strategically. Walk in the early morning or evening when it’s cool and less sunny. Consider walking in an area close to your home or parked car so that you can cut the walk short if you start to feel flushed.

Try to stay as cool as possible. Try draping a cool, damp towel around your neck and carrying a water bottle with ice water. You could also carry a spray bottle of cool water to mist your face as you walk.

Know your personal limits. Exercising with others can push us to perform while ignoring signs of exertion that we would normally notice if we were alone, so try walking alone first to learn your pace and physical limits.

Take it slow. Pay attention to changes in incline and take your time. It might mean avoiding a flushed face for days to come.

Treat your skin well after walking. It can be tempting to nap in a hammock or play with the dog after finishing a walk, but you should avoid leaving skin sweaty and damp for an extended period of time after exercising. It may be helpful to apply a cool compress.