Understand what you can do to manage Rosacea is key to reducing and minimising flare ups!
Every Rosacea patient is different, and while we know that certain factors trigger rosacea in general, some may find a specific cause. Factors such as Sun, heat, wind, exercise, alcohol and stress are common triggers, but some report that a specific fruit, vegetable, meat or dairy product will cause a flare up.
Doctors still aren’t sure what causes rosacea, but in a lot of people, things that make your face flush also make rosacea worse. When you flush, blood rushes to your face, making it red and warmer. So, avoiding activities, products, or emotions that cause flushing can reduce your rosacea symptoms.
Below is a list of products and factors to avoid and which to embrace.
If you suffer from Rosacea avoid the following:
- Weather extremities: heat waves and ice-cold temperatures are a Rosacea patients’ worst nightmare avoid excessive sun and winds
- Alcohol (especially red wine)
- Spicy Foods
- Temperature Hot Beverages or Food
- Refined sugars and white flour (avoid junk food)
- Hot baths, steam rooms or saunas
- Excessive exercise (particularly cardio based)
- Stress and anxiety (feeling embarrassed can trigger an immediate flushed reaction in the skin)
- Coughing fits
- Sudden caffeine withdrawals
- Topical steroids
- Some blood pressure mediation
- Active skincare products
- Skincare products containing alcohol
If you suffer from Rosacea embrace the following:
Eat a natural diet rich in anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties such as:
- leafy vegetables
- omega 3 rich salmon
- lean poultry meats
- Sweet potato
It’s also important to nurture your gut with pre and probiotic, fibre rich foods such as:
- Pickled fruits and vegetables
If you do suffer from Rosacea it is important you make lifestyle changes to manage the emotional and physical effects of the skin disorder:
- Reduce stress and anxiety from your life
- Protect yourself from extreme weather conditions
- Exercise in moderation
- Keep hydrated with water and hydrate your skin topically with appropriate products
- Regularly consult with your GP and dermal therapist