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Rosacea: Know Your Triggers to Manage Symptoms

Does your face take on a reddish hue after a spicy meal from your favorite Indian restaurant? Or, maybe you look a little flushed after you finish a glass of wine. LeAnna Lane MD, a dermatologist at Group Health, says you might have rosacea.

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that makes your face turn red. “There have been a lot of studies about thinking it’s related to bacteria or some kind of mite, like Demodex, that was in the skin, but none of these studies have proven to be definitive,” Dr. Lane explains.

The Most Common Rosacea Trigger: Ultraviolet Light

Currently, there's no cure for rosacea. While most people with rosacea resort to a prescription medicine, Dr. Lane says knowing the most common triggers and avoiding them is one of the best ways to manage this condition.

Ultraviolet light exposure frequently triggers a rosacea flare-up for those who are prone to this condition. Dr. Lane recommends wearing a sunscreen with, at least, SPF 30 in your daily facial moisturizer.

On the other hand, if you know you will be outside for an extended period of time, it’s important to wear sun protection on any exposed skin and then to re-apply every two hours, or earlier if you've been swimming or get sweaty.

Other common triggers include:

  • Wind exposure
  • Cold temperatures
  • Specific skin products
  • Exercise
  • Hot baths
  • Alcohol
  • Spicy foods

Triggers vary from person to person. Dr. Lane says to pay attention to your body so you can recognize your unique triggers and try to avoid them, which may help prevent or reduce flare-ups.

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Last Updated: May 09, 2014