Mental Stress Is A Common Trigger Of Rosacea
We all know that stress is a potential killer. One of the consequences is that it can trigger rosacea. So, take precautions and try to avoid situations that you know will cause stress. That is easier said than done but here are some suggestions to reduce your stress level.
Exercise – but not too heavy
All forms of exercise will make you feel better and reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. One word of warning: heavy physical exercise can trigger rosacea. This is not an excuse for not exercising though.
Focus on your breathing for 5 minutes. Find a quiet place, sit up straight, close your eyes and breathe deeply. Inhale slowly through your nose and exhale through your mouth.
Go for a walk – unless it is very cold or hot
Preferably in nature. The light exercise combined with the calming effect of nature will have a very positive effect unless it is very cold or hot outside as extreme temperatures can trigger rosacea.
Meditation can do wonders when it comes to treating rosacea
If you are not meditating on a regular basis already, do so! There are many free sources on the Internet that helps you get started if you are new to meditation. The proven benefits of meditation are many and it costs nothing but your time to try.
Alcohol – One Glass Can Cause A Rosacea Outbreak
Alcohol has a lot of nasty side effects. One of them is that it can trigger rosacea. Red wine is especially bad but all alcoholic beverages can cause an outbreak of rosacea. It usually doesn’t take much to cause the symptoms to show, so the best solution is to stay away from alcohol altogether.
Foods to avoid To Prevent Rosacea Symptoms
Spicy food increases the blood flow and makes the blood vessels become more visible.
Cheese – especially matured ones
Foods high in histamine-like shellfish, nuts, vinegar, ready meals, smoked meat products, pickled or canned foods, salty snacks
Perfumed Skin Products Can Bring Rosacea Symptoms
Cold Weather Triggers Rosacea
Protect your face if you must go outside when it’s cold. It is a good idea to use several layers as you want to keep a constant, not too warm, temperature.
You can also use a fragrance-free moisturizer labeled for “sensitive” skin to keep your skin hydrated.
Use a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher if you enjoy winter sports. Again, make sure it is suitable for sensitive skin.
Avoid very hot drinks. I know this can be a hard one but these can quickly trigger rosacea.
Get enough sleep. This is very important for many aspects of your life, including keeping rosacea in check!
Use a humidifier at home. Winter air is dry and that is not good for people suffering from rosacea. A humidifier can help you combat this.
Keep out of direct sunlight as much as possible. Use a high factor sunscreen if you are going to be exposed to the sun. We are talking SPF 30 or higher. As mentioned earlier, make sure the sunscreen is labeled for sensitive skin. One thing to be aware of is that your body needs sunlight to produce vitamin D so you might want to take extra supplements.
Heat can be bad for people with rosacea. Don’t take hot baths, saunas or expose yourself to hot environments. You could also take a cool shower in the morning, dress light with several layers so that you easily can adjust how warm you are. Carry a portable fan and/or a water-spritzing bottle with you in hot weather. And remember to drink enough cold drinks (non-alcoholic).
It is normal that exercise causes red skin even for people that don’t have rosacea. However, overexertion can cause flare-ups of rosacea symptoms. But avoiding exercise altogether is not the solution! We all need to exercise both for our physical and mental health. Here are a few tips on rosacea and exercise:
Keep the sessions short 15-45 minutes.
Try low-intensity to moderate workouts.
Swimming, yoga, walking and low-impact cardio routines are good activities.
Drink! Don’t get dehydrated.