11 Triggers to Avoid
Heal Your Rosacea and Stop Flare-ups in their Tracks
Tips for Preventing Flare-ups
When excessive redness or tiny veins are drawing a road map across your face, the last thing you want to do is tick off your rosacea. Although researchers are still seeking the exact cause of this face-flushing condition, there are common denominators that seem constant with those who suffer from it. So, before you unintentionally flare up this ailment that muddles up your otherwise perfect complexion, avoiding these 11 things that trigger rosacea can help reduce the flare ups.
- The sun – When it comes to triggering symptoms of rosacea, the sun is the biggest culprit. But, striving for the perfect tan isn’t the only way you can soak up too much sun. “71-percent of UVA comes through the car window, so while the burning UVB rays are blocked, UVA rays which can cause pigmentation and spider veins still come through,” explains Dr. Eric F. Bernstein. Slather on sunscreen with a minimum of 30 SPF broad-spectrum protection level to minimize sun damage and the effect it has on rosacea.
- Extreme temperatures – From extreme cold or humid weather to taking a dip in the hot tub, severe temperatures can cause an outbreak in symptoms for rosacea sufferers.
- Exercising – Rosacea can rear its ugly head when you get overheated. When burning calories, breaking a sweat in a cool environment is your best bet to curb this condition’s side effects.
- Beauty products – Cosmetics and skin care products containing alcohol, fragrances and other potential irritants may push signs of rosacea into overdrive.
- Foods that dilate blood vessels – Good eats and refreshing drinks like hot or caffeinated beverages and spicy foods can temporarily cause symptoms to flare up.
- Bad beauty routine – Rubbing skin with a washcloth or towel or not cleansing skin twice per day can exacerbate the skin’s rosacea condition.
- High stress – Suffering from anxiety and tension in excessive amounts is a sure-fire way to intensify this red-faced condition.
- Procrastination – Not addressing signs of rosacea when it starts will guarantee your symptoms will get worse as time marches on.
- Genetics – Your likelihood of developing veins and redness from sun exposure is determined by your family genes; nearly 52-percent of people surveyed by the National Rosacea Society in 2008 reported a relative with rosacea as well.
- Gender – More women than men are commonly diagnosed with rosacea. And, when men succumb to this affliction, the symptoms tend to be much more severe.
- Biological factors – The bacterium helicobacter pylori and a mite called Demodex foliculorum is being investigated as possible rosacea triggers. High levels of the natural occurring protein cathelicidin and a chemical called adenosine triphosphate activated by stress may also prompt rosacea symptoms.
The good news is that once most of your veins and redness have been treated, it takes a long time for them to come back. “If people use sun protection they might not need to come back for anywhere from 2 to 8 or 10 years depending on how good a job they do of protecting themselves from the sun,” advises Dr. Bernstein. So, smooth on the sun screen, take note of what you eat and most importantly, seek medical advice at the first signs of rosacea and swap a red face for a red carpet glow!