Rosacea Triggers – FAQs

Q.  What are the most common lifestyle and environmental factors that aggravate rosacea or trigger flare-ups?

A.  Some of the most common rosacea triggers include sun exposure, emotional stress, hot or cold weather, wind, alcohol, spicy foods, heavy exercise, hot baths, heated beverages and certain skin-care products.

Q.  How effective is avoiding lifestyle and environmental factors?

A.  In a survey of 1,221 rosacea sufferers, 96 percent of those who believed they had identified personal trigger factors said avoiding those factors had reduced their flare-ups..

Q.  How long after a rosacea trigger will a rosacea flare-up occur?

A.  Although there are no data available on how quickly a rosacea trigger may lead to a flare-up, the time is likely to vary depending on the individual and the nature of the trigger. Try monitoring your individual case to see how quickly your rosacea has responded. And remember, while a wide range of factors has been identified as potential triggers, not every trigger affects every individual every time.

Q.  Is there any relationship between rosacea and allergies?

A.  Allergies may cause an altered reaction of the body that includes flushing, which frequently triggers rosacea symptoms. As with more common rosacea triggers, identifying and avoiding allergens -- the substances you are reacting to -- may also help control your rosacea.

Q.  Will exercise cause my rosacea to flare up?

A.  Any activity such as exercise that causes flushing or overheats the face has the potential to spark a rosacea flare-up. The good news is that signs and symptoms may be avoided or reduced by managing your workout. Ways to help reduce the incidence of flare-ups include working out in the early morning or late evening when weather is cooler; working out more frequently but for shorter intervals; keeping cool indoors by running a fan or opening a window; and cooling off by keeping a damp towel on your neck, drinking cold fluids or chewing on ice chips. Choosing low-intensity exercise or water aerobics may also be useful.

Q.  How do I determine what causes a flare up?

A.  Rosacea signs and symptoms may be prompted by a vast array of environmental and lifestyle factors that differ from one individual to another. Some of the most common factors are listed here. As with an allergy, it is useful to keep a diary to pinpoint the particular elements that may prompt a flare-up in your individual case.


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