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Six rosacea triggers

Everyday activities can affect your rosacea. If you are trying to identify what your rosacea triggers may be, here is a list of six of the most common culprits and the best ways to avoid them.

Heat
Hot weather and high temperatures can be your enemy when it comes to rosacea. Bathing in hot water and basking in the sun can be a common trigger of flare-ups. Avoid future outbreaks by avoiding steam rooms and dry saunas and sticking to warm showers and baths.

The sun
Exposing your rosacea-prone skin to the harsh sun can have a damaging result. Try minimising the time you spend in the sun to reduce its effect on your skin. When you do go outside, be sure to apply plenty of sunscreen, even when the sun is not out. Try using a sun cream with an SPF factor of at least 30.

Food and drink
Try keeping a food diary to help you discover what foods and drinks may be triggering your flare-ups. The most common dietary triggers include spicy foods, alcohol and hot drinks. When you identify which are causing you to flare-up, try to avoid consuming them as much as possible.

Stress
Stress is a common cause of flare-ups. Reduce your stress by taking good care of yourself. Try getting plenty of sleep, eating a balanced diet and exercising frequently to better handle the pressures of day-to-day life.

Vigorous exercise
Over-exerting yourself during exercise is a sure-fire way of bringing about a rosacea flare-up. If you find yourself breaking out after a strenuous workout, try switching to a less intense activity like walking or swimming. You can also try having shorter, more frequent workout sessions.

Wintry weather
Strong winds and low temperatures can aggravate rosacea-prone skin. Be sure to protect your skin from the cold during the winter months by wrapping a scarf loosely around the bottom half of your face when you go outside.