People with rosacea are prone to sensitive skin and are often unable to use a variety of mainstream skin products. While
there is no medical cure-all for rosacea at the moment, there are steps you can take to educate yourself about what
triggers your individual condition. Many factors within your lifestyle that may be activating your flare-ups.
Rosacea worsens with particular environmental triggers which are usually unique to each individual.
These factors can include:
Sun exposure: A vacation is a great way to rest the mind but stick to the shade where possible. Avoid the sun as much as possible, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and always use a broad-spectrum sunscreen.
Emotional stress: Probably the hardest trigger to mitigate given the busy lifestyles we all lead, but it’s critical to minimise its effect on your life and, consequently, your skin. Take a minute or two when you’re feeling under pressure and think calming thoughts.
Alcohol: Red wine is at the top of the list of alcoholic drinks most likely to cause a flare-up. Also avoid gin, vodka, or whiskey and soda or juice mixers as these things can make rosacea worse.
Spicy dishes: Exercise caution around food containing cayenne pepper, curry, red pepper flakes, and salsa.
Hot drinks: Hot chocolate, hot tea, and hot coffee are all drinks that cause the blood vessels to expand prompting flushing and redness.
Skin products: Cosmetics containing witch hazel, alcohol, menthol, and eucalyptus oil can irritate rosacea. Test new cosmetics on your neck before applying it to your face.
Temperature extremes: Heat from internal heating, saunas, and hot tubs can prompt rosacea flushes. Seek air conditioning in summer where possible and keep a moisturiser cool in your fridge for any flare ups you experience. When it gets cold, protect your skin from extreme cold too with a skin barrier ointment.
The root cause of rosacea is still medically unknown, but scientists do know through research that blood vessels within rosacea patient’s skin are significantly more unstable and sensitive than those who do not have the condition.