How to prevent rosacea flare-ups

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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