Rosacea is a skin condition identified by the appearance of red, flushed areas on the skin. Outbursts of these patches are referred to as “flare-ups”, and the triggers for flare-ups can vary from person to person. Common triggers include sun exposure, certain foods, exercising, beauty products or simply biological predisposition. In order to learn your unique triggers and avoid conditions that contribute to outbreaks, follow these suggestions for preventing rosacea flare-ups.
Do Your Research
Being observant of your own personal condition and the events that occur immediately before your flare-ups will go far in determining your triggers. In addition, take time to do as much research as you can both independently and with your doctor, so that you can learn as much as possible about rosacea. Taking the time to do this will give you a better handle on your condition. Keep notes of things such as when your flare-ups occur, how you’re feeling emotionally, the current temperature, your activities and the food you consumed immediately prior to your outbreaks. This information will help you to pinpoint contributing factors.
See Your Dermatologist Regularly
Going to the dermatologist on a regular basis, perhaps monthly, will allow your doctor to monitor any changes in your condition, as well as response to oral or topical medications. These professional observations will help to keep your rosacea in check.
Limit Your Exposure
Try to keep your environment as comfortable as possible. Extreme heat or cold both seem to have an effect on flare-ups for many. Your indoor temperature should be kept consistently cool, and it is best to spent as little time outside in harsh elements as possible. If you do find yourself outside in extreme heat or cold, try to keep your face covered with a hat or scarf. This can minimize the amount of exposure your face has to the harsh weather.
Sunscreen is aways necessary for those with rosacea. Even small amounts of sun exposure could be what is triggering your particular flare-ups. In addition, it is wise to wear a hat with a wide brim along with long-sleeves and pants when you are outside for longer amounts of time. You should also try to sit in the shade if you can.
Be gentle with regard to your skin care and the products that you use. Unscented products are best so as not to irritate skin. Be gentle when you wash your skin. Do not tug, pull or scrub roughly. You also want to be gentle with regard to your health. Avoid excess stress whenever possible because emotional discomfort can be a very common rosacea trigger for flare-ups. Also, be sure to get enough sleep, because regular, restful sleep allows the skin time to heal. This time will also act as a natural stress-reliever and should make a difference in lessening flare-ups.
Once you discover your triggers, your doctor can help you to develop a plan to avoid rosacea flare-ups. Sticking to a careful regimen can keep the redness and irritation in check. Our clinicians at Dermatology Associates will work with you to help you manage your rosacea symptoms as best as possible. Contact Dermatology Associates today to schedule your consultation.