While rosacea isn’t completely understood–there isn’t yet a cure for the skin condition–there are many environmental and internal factors that can trigger a flare up or worsen the condition. Here are some tips for rosacea-sufferers:
- Manage stress: emotionally stressful situations can trigger a flare up
- Protect: Cold winds and the damaging sun can provoke redness. Use a soft scarf in a non-irritating fabric to cover up the skin in the winter, and a good sunscreen with a wide-brimmed hat in the summer. Be sure to use a richer moisturizer in winter to protect against moisture loss in the skin.
- Use sunscreen: Even though I just mentioned wearing sunscreen in the last point, it’s imperative that sunscreen is used every day. UV rays can lead to a flare up. Physical sunscreens like AlumierMD’s Sheer Hydration are less likely to irritate rosacea-prone skin.
- Be gentle: rubbing, scrubbing and massaging the face should be avoided. Use soothing cream cleansers and hydrating moisturizers and serums.
- Keep it simple: Adding in new skincare products can exacerbate rosacea. Use straightforward products that are hypoallergenic and fragrance-free.
- Consume high quality proteins: fish, poultry, shellfish, tofu, seeds, nuts and olive oil all contain healthy fats that help soothe rosacea.
- Eat low-glycemic carbs: whole grains (like oats), colourful fresh fruits and veggies, beans and lentils are proven to help minimize the inflammatory glycemic response associated with sugary and starchy foods.
- Learn about your triggers: keep a journal of what exacerbate your rosacea.
- Check ingredients: Before applying a product to your face, check for any irritating ingredients. When selecting cosmetics, look for mineral-based makeup with minimal ingredients.
- Go from hot to cold: fluctuating temperatures can aggravate rosacea.
- Go nuts at the gym: moderate activity is best for rosacea sufferers. Increased circulation can trigger a flare up, so it’s best to avoid intense workouts.
- Consumer trigger foods and beverages: alcohol and hot drinks like coffee and tea can create a flush. Spicy, sugary and starchy foods can increase inflammation as well. Other known trigger foods include: yogurt, sour cream, vinegar, chocolate, citrus fruits, cheese, avocados, spinach and more.