Common Rosacea Triggers

Does your skin blush or flush eas­i­ly? Does your face have a red appear­ance with bumps or pim­ples? Does your skin seem over­ly sen­si­tive? You may be one of approx­i­mate­ly 16 mil­lion Amer­i­cans suf­fer­ing from rosacea. 

Rosacea is a chron­ic skin con­di­tion that usu­al­ly affects the face but can extend down the neck, chest and even on the back. It most com­mon­ly starts with fre­quent blush­ing or flush­ing. Net­works of tiny vis­i­ble blood ves­sels may appear in the cen­ter of your face, start­ing with your nose, and extend out­ward over time. Oth­er com­mon symp­toms are thick­en­ing of the skin, and breakouts. 

The exact cause of rosacea is still unknown. There is no cure for this chron­ic con­di­tion, how­ev­er, it can be man­aged. Indi­vid­ual reac­tion pat­terns vary great­ly in rosacea; some trig­gers may have no effect on one patien­t’s rosacea but severe­ly affect anoth­er. Keep­ing a jour­nal may be best the way to fig­ure out your indi­vid­ual triggers. 

You may be able to relieve symp­toms and flare-ups by avoid­ing these com­mon triggers:

  • Sun­light
  • Smok­ing
  • Spicy foods
  • Hot drinks
  • Alco­hol
  • Red wine
  • Choco­late

Because rosacea may look sim­i­lar to oth­er con­di­tions like sun­burn and acne, it’s impor­tant to see a der­ma­tol­o­gist for a diagnosis.