Avoid Your Next Rosacea Flare-Up

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Avoid Rosacea Flare-UpsWalking around with angry red skin isn't anyone's idea of a good face day. Rosacea, a chronic skin condition that makes facial skin turn red and can cause swelling and acne-like skin bumps, affects about 16 million Americans. If you're one of the members of that club, try these tips from the American Academy of Dermatology to minimize triggers and keep your skin looking clear and smooth.

There is a direct correlation between what you put in your mouth and what sprouts up on your face. Certain foods and drinks are common rosacea triggers, especially spicy foods, hot beverages, caffeinated ones, and red wine. Keep a journal of what you eat and drink, so when your rosacea surfaces, you may be able to figure out what most aggravates your own condition.

Not an easy task in the dog days of summer, but extremely hot temperatures can make this condition even worse. Minimize the amount of time you spend in the hot weather, and stay in the air-conditioning whenever possible. And on the flip side, cold weather can prompt flare-ups too. Cover your face with a scarf in the winter, avoiding wool or other fabrics with rough textures that can irritate your skin.

Who knew that SPF helps protect against more than just skin cancer? Sun exposure is a common rosacea trigger too. Look for sunscreens that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, since those natural UV blockers tend to be gentlest on the skin. Or try Ain't Misbehavin' Skin Clarifying Mattifying Sunscreen SPF 30, another gentle formulation that’s ideal for those with oily or combination skin.

This should go without saying, but avoid rubbing, scrubbing, or massaging the face whenever possible to keep skin calm. Make sure skin-irritating hair spray doesn't spritz onto your mug when you’re finishing your 'do, and keep your skin care routine simple—since too many products may confuse the skin and lead to flare-ups. If you do experience one from time to time, despite your best efforts to avoid them, soothing products like Calm Cool and Corrected Tranquility Cream help restore balance to angry, raging skin.

By Cathy Garrard
DERMAdoctor Staff Writer

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