Rosacea is a skin condition in which the face, particularly around the nose and cheeks, appears pink or red. This is caused by the blood vessels underneath the skin dilating – or becoming larger and inflamed. Eventually, this can lead the skin to develop bumps or rough texture. Although the exact underlying cause of Rosacea is unknown, here are a few things that could trigger the condition:
1. Food: Various types of food, particularly spicy food, have been known to aggravate the blood vessels underneath skin. Notice what types of food cause your face to turn red as different types of food may cause different reactions.
2. Alcohol: There is a reason alcohol is associated with rosy cheeks and red noses. Wine, beer, liquor, all have been known to trigger rosacea. Although the occasional drink or two won’t cause any harm, try to limit yourself as long term frequent use can make redness last.
3. Hot Drinks: Coffee, tea, hot chocolate are all delicious and comforting, but it’s worth noting that hot drinks are known to cause redness in the face. If you’re having problems with persistent redness, cutting down on the hot drinks may help calm things down.
4. Weather: Cold, dry weather as well as humid and warm weather can exacerbate rosacea. Though it’s impossible to control the weather, you can control your exposure to extreme conditions. Wrap your face in cold weather and try staying indoors and hydrated when it’s hot.
5. Medication: Medicine can help ease symptoms but some medications can cause blood vessels in the face to become aggravated. Read the fine print and side effects of your medication and talk to your dermatologist about alternatives.
6. Stress: Stress is one of the leading factors of inflammation and rosacea flare-ups. Try stress management techniques to reduce the stress in your life and to keep the redness under control.
7. Exercise: Physical activity helps the body in a number of ways, and studies have linked being overweight to a higher risk for rosacea symptoms. Nonetheless, it is important to know that exercise can be a short-term trigger for flare ups. Avoiding exercise is not the answer — rather, make an effort to hydrated and reasonably cool when you workout. This will help mitigate any potential symptoms, and allow you to enjoy the many benefits of exercise.
8. UV Exposure: Tanning beds, sunlight and other sources of UV rays can cause irritation in the skin and intensify chronic flare ups. Always use sunscreen and avoid tanning beds altogether.
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