How to prevent rosacea flare-ups

Think sun protection

Just a few minutes of sunlight on rosacea-prone skin can lead to uncontrollable flushing and redness. Dermatologists recommend that everyone who has rosacea:

  • Apply a gentle, broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day. A fragrance-free sunscreen that contains zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, or both is least likely to irritate your sensitive skin.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat when outdoors during the day.
  • Stay out of the midday sun.
  • Seek shade.

Reduce stress

If stress causes your rosacea to flare, you can learn to manage it so that it doesn’t trigger a rosacea flare-up. Here are a few ideas:

  • Find an activity that relieves your stress and do it often. Common stress busters include tai chi, meditation, or joining a rosacea support group.
  • Do something that you enjoy on a daily basis.
  • In a stressful moment, take a deep breath, hold it, and exhale slowly.

Avoid overheating

To avoid a flare-up from heat, dermatologist recommend planning ahead so that you can prevent overheating.

Here are a few things you can do:

  • Take warm baths and showers rather than hot ones.
  • Dress in layers, so that you can remove clothing if you start to feel overheated.
  • Feeling overheated? Drape a cold, wet cloth around your neck. Sip a cold drink. Keep cool with a fan or air-conditioning.
  • Sit far enough away from fireplaces, heaters, and other heat sources so that you don’t feel the warmth.

Rethink hot beverages

Studies show that the heat from hot beverages causes some people’s rosacea to flare.

If that sounds like you, making a few changes can help you enjoy beverages that most people drink hot.

Try these ideas:

  • Drink iced coffee or tea
  • Let the beverage cool so that it’s warm or lukewarm.