Rosacea Trigger Factors

To help you identify and avoid only those factors that affect your individual condition, the National Rosacea Society (NRS) provides a "Rosacea Diary" to help you keep track of common rosacea triggers you may experience, and then match them to any flare-ups of signs and symptoms.

Common Rosacea Triggers

Listed below are possible triggers for rosacea flare-ups:
 
Foods Temperature-related
  • Liver
  • Yogurt
  • Sour cream
  • Cheese (except cottage cheese)
  • Chocolate
  • Vanilla
  • Soy sauce
  • Yeast extract (bread is OK)
  • Vinegar
  • Eggplant
  • Avocados
  • Spinach
  • Broad-leaf beans and pods,
    including lima, navy or pea
  • Citrus fruits, tomatoes, bananas,
    red plums, raisins or figs
  • Spicy and thermally hot foods
  • Foods high in histamine
  • Saunas
  • Hot baths
  • Simple overheating
  • Excessively warm environments
Weather
  • Sun
  • Strong winds
  • Cold
  • Humidity
Drugs
  • Vasodilators
  • Topical steroids
Beverages Medical conditions
  • Alcohol, especially red wine,
    beer, bourbon, gin, vodka or champagne
  • Hot drinks, including hot cider,
    hot chocolate, coffee or tea
  • Frequent flushing
  • Menopause
  • Chronic cough
  • Caffeine withdrawal syndrome
Emotional influences Physical exertion
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Exercise
  • "Lift and load" jobs
Skin care products  
  • Some cosmetics and hair
    sprays, especially those
    containing alcohol, witch hazel
    or fragrances
  • Hydro-alcoholic or acetone
    substances
  • Any substance that causes
    redness or stinging

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