There are over 40 million rosacea sufferers in America and most of them are not aware of the existence of this skin disorder.
Suddenly, your face starts itching and develops streaks of dark colored red lines. Medical science has not been able to figure out the exact causes of this skin disorder.
However, communities of rosacea sufferers have come together along with the doctors and have identified some common symptoms that may trigger rosacea. Here is a list of some of the most common triggers that affect the rosacea sufferers.
1. Spicy Foods
Hot spices are one of the most common triggers affecting women with rosacea. Some of the Mexican-style foods such as Chili and hot salsas and in some cases vinegar also results in flare-up of these symptoms. However, this does not mean that you cannot have some spices in your meals.
Instead of chili powder, you can use other available spices that add flavor without any spiciness. For instance, you can substitute chili powder with a mixture of oregano and cumin. Similarly, you can substitute a spicy salsa with a fruit salsa.
2. Exposure to Sun
Everybody enjoys a day out on the beach but if you are a rosacea sufferer, chances are that you will have to pay the price with flare-up of your symptoms. It is also one of the most common triggers for rosacea. You should avoid going out in the sun between 10 AM to 4 PM and you should always use a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin.
Stress is also known to trigger these symptoms. There are a number of things that you can do to avoid stress. For instance, you can use deep breathing or yoga or meditation or any other remedies to decrease stress. Pets have also been known to reduce stress.
It is true that working out is good for your body and for your mind but it may also aggravate your symptoms. Almost 50% of the respondents to a survey said that it triggers rosacea. Doctors say that working out is great but it also leads to increased blood flow. The best way to exercise without flaring up the symptoms is to exercise in off-peak hours when the outside temperatures are cooler.
More than 50% of rosacea sufferers said in a survey that alcohol is something that triggers the symptoms. In alcoholic drinks, red wine sits at the top of the list along with whiskey, vodka and gin. You should also avoid juice mixer or soda as these also lead to flare-up of symptoms.
6. Hot Drinks
Hot beverages are also a trigger such as hot tea, hot coffee as well as hot chocolate. You need to keep in mind that any food that result is dilation of blood vessels can result in redness and flushing of the blood vessels on the face. Therefore, instead of sipping hot coffee, you should wait till it has cooled down a bit. You may also consider switching to cold versions of tea and coffee.
7. Make up
Make-up itself does not trigger the symptoms but some of the ingredients in common make-up products can trigger your symptoms. Therefore, it is recommended to use a water-based make-up that is non- allergenic and is free of fragrances.
Similarly, various cosmetics that contain meant eucalyptus oil or alcohol can be very irritating on your facial skin. Therefore, you should test all the new products on a small spot on your neck before you use it on your face. Needless to say, do not use this product in case you have a reaction.
8. Exposure to Heat
Overheating can also lead to flare-up in some of the rosacea sufferers. However, this is not a challenge that you will face only during the summer months as it can be a year-round problem. During winter months, everybody likes to close the windows and sit near those furnaces but heat from the furnaces can also trigger the symptoms.
Therefore, it is advised to use air conditioning in the summer months and dress up in layers during the winter months. You should also avoid using hot tubs and saunas. Also, keep your moisturizer in refrigerator.
9. Hot Weather
If the weather is too hot, it may lead to flare up of the symptoms.
10. Cold Weather
If the weather is too cold, it may also trigger symptoms of rosacea as your body responds to the cold outside. Similarly, humid weather also triggers these symptoms and therefore, it is recommended to use air conditioner to stay away from humid weather inside the room.
11. Certain Medications
Sometimes, certain medications you are taking for other diseases may also trigger these symptoms. This is commonly seen when you are taking medications for both acne and rosacea.
Some of the medications that are usually prescribed for treatment of acne are also known for triggering symptoms of rosacea. If that is the case, you should ask your doctor to provide some alternative medications.
12. Certain Foods
Some of the foods are also known to trigger these symptoms. These include various citrus fruits such as red plums, raisins, figs and bananas. Similarly, foods that are high in histamine can also trigger these symptoms. Other foods that trigger these symptoms include chocolate, soy sauce, vinegar, avocados, eggplant, spinach, cheese, cream, yoghurt, liver, vanilla and other such foods.
13. Caffeine Withdrawal
Caffeine withdrawal syndrome is also known to trigger symptoms of this skin disorder. This happens as they body tries to fight the withdrawal and that may result in increase of blood flow to the skin cells which in turn trigger redness and flushing on the facial skin.
14. Hot Bath
While nobody can argue that it feels wonderful to soak in hot tub on a chilly day but you can’t do it in case you suffer from rosacea. Most of the sufferers have said that a hot bath leads to outbreaks. This is due to the reason that hot water dilates the blood vessels that triggers red skin.
The best way to avoid outbreaks is to use bath water that is at the body temperature or cooler. However, you shouldn’t also go too cold as the skin does not like such extremes.
Almost 60% of human body is made up of water which means that water plays an extremely important role in various body functions. Other than keeping various parts together, skin also plays an important role in maintaining water and temperature balance.
Drinking water on a regular basis also helps in washing out various toxins that clog the skin pores. Therefore, it is important that you stay hydrated. You should use cold water for drinking as it will cool your system and keep the blood vessels from dilating.
16. Various Stimulants
Various stimulants such as caffeine and excessive sugar can also lead to outbreaks of rosacea as these expand the blood vessels and bring out the redness. These stimulants also make the body sweat more that increases stress levels.
Artificial sweeteners can also activate flare-ups. Therefore, you should choose alternatives for various stimulants. For instance, you may have caffeine free soda instead of the usual soda.
17. Sudden Emotional Change
Sudden emotional change such as feeling embarrassed or too much laughing can also trigger outbreaks of rosacea. Therefore, you should avoid sudden change in emotion to prevent outbreaks.
18. Chronic Cough
Chronic cough can also lead to outbreaks of rosacea as it leads to dilation of blood vessels which in turn brings on the redness and flares up other symptoms. Therefore, you should seek a remedy for chronic cough. However, the medication should not contain anything that may also trigger your symptoms.
19. Lift Jobs
Any jobs that require you to physically exert yourself can also trigger the symptoms. Physical exertion increases the blood flow as your body provides more nutrients and oxygen to certain parts as more energy is needed there. This also increases the blood flow to your facial skin that results in triggering symptoms of rosacea.
20. Scrubbing the Face
If you scrub your face harshly, it may also lead to increase blood flow in the facial blood vessels that will trigger the symptoms.
Therefore, it is recommended to avoid scrubbing your face no matter how itchy it fees. Instead of scrubbing your face, you should take a soft cloth and dab your face with it to get rid of the itching.
Keep the above triggers in mind to ensure that you do not trigger the symptoms inadvertently. It is important to keep in mind that you can keep the symptoms away by changing your lifestyle and your diet.
Since there is no medical cure available for rosacea, you need to depend on avoiding these triggers and on various other treatments advised by your physician.
It is very easy to avoid these triggers if you take proper care. While it is true that you may not be able to enjoy live like all others but there are alternatives available for everything if you push yourself a little.
One of the best ways to figure out alternatives for various things is to join some of the online communities that are devoted to the rosacea treatment. In these discussion forums and other communities, many experienced users share their experiences on using various alternative treatments, alternative food or alternative lifestyle to help them avoid triggering symptoms of rosacea.
These communities will also help you in figuring out various individual triggers that only you may have. It is important to keep in mind that the symptoms and type of rosacea vary from one individual to another. For instance, alcohol may not trigger your rosacea symptoms but almost 50% of the people suffering from rosacea categorize alcohol as one of the triggers.
Other than avoiding these triggers, it is also important that you seek proper treatment from a dermatologist or an ophthalmologist in case you have eye rosacea.
You should keep in mind that medical treatment can help you a lot in reducing the appearance of red blood vessels on your face. In some severe cases, doctors even recommend laser treatment and it has been very successful for most of the people.
Therefore, you do not need to lose hope in case you suffer from this disorder. You can live a completely normal life if you learn how to make adjustments to your lifestyle and follow the dietary guidelines given by your doctor.