Three key categories of factors impact the severity of your rosacea. Make changes in each of these groups to successfully treat rosacea.
While a cure is not yet available, it's very possible to successfully manage the symptoms of rosacea with a tailored treatment plan centred around trigger avoidance. Keep in mind that every case of rosacea is unique, so what may work for you may not work for another.
There are three key areas to actively manage within a successful rosacea treatment plan:
The advice below is general. You'll need to track your own triggers through trial and error. It's also worth consulting a doctor, who may have further suggestions after seeing your rosacea firsthand.
1. Lifestyle Factors That Affect Rosacea
The following lifestyle factors were identified by the National Rosacea Society of the United States as being common triggers for the condition. The study surveyed 1,066 rosacea patients and identified the following triggers:
- Sun exposure (a trigger for 81% of patients)
- Emotional stress (79%)
- Hot weather (75%)
- Intense exercise (56%)
Limiting each of these factors will enable you to understand which aggravates your rosacea the most.
It's very important for everyone to wear sun protection 356 days a year. You know that SPF protects you from sunburn, premature ageing, and skin cancer. It's even more important for anyone who suffers from rosacea, as sun exposure is very likely to cause a flare-up.
Because rosacea-prone skin is also sensitive, Adore Beauty recommends the use of a sunblock, not a sunscreen. Sunblock is best for sensitive skin types, as it uses minerals (as opposed to potentially irritating chemicals) to deflect UV light away from skin. Try:
2. Dietary Factors That Affect Rosacea
The National Rosacea Society identified the following dietary factors as common triggers amongst patients:
- Alcohol (a trigger for 52% of patients)
- Spicy foods (45%)
- Hot drinks (36%)
These foods and drinks cause inflammation in the body. Since rosacea is an inflammatory condition, any additional factors that promote inflammation are likely triggers.
While avoiding these inflammatory foods and drinks, it's also proactive to include multiple anti-inflammatory foods into your diet. These include foods such as:
- Fatty fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel)
- Green leafy vegetables
- Olive oil
3. Skincare Ingredients That Affect Rosacea
The National Rosacea Society found that 41% of rosacea sufferers experienced flare-ups after using certain skincare products. The following list indicates the most offensive ingredients:
- Alcohol (may be listed as ethanol, isopropyl alcohol, SD alcohol)
- Witch hazel (may be listed as hamamelis virginiana)
- Fragrances / essential oils (may be listed as parfum)
When managing rosacea, it's best to avoid these three ingredients in all skincare products, including shampoos and shower gels. While alcohol and witch hazel are somewhat easy to avoid, fragrance is terribly common. Below is a list of a few of the artificial fragrance-free skincare brands stocked by Adore Beauty:
In addition to these brands, we also stock specific fragrance-free or minimally fragranced skincare lines, including:
By addressing your lifestyle, diet, and skincare routine, you can successfully treat your rosacea. If, after months of trial and error, you see no significant change, please consult your doctor.