Making small changes to treat rosacea Making small changes to treat rosacea

Simple changes in some of our habits can greatly reduce the frequency and intensity of the onset redness caused by this disease. 

The most important thing a person diagnosed with rosacea should understand is that this is a chronic condition. This means that it will be with them the rest of their lives, as there is no cure to eliminate it completely. This does not mean that the symptoms should prevent people from living a normal life, however.

To keep this disease manageable, patients should identify what their triggers are and change this behavior to prevent this condition from progressing. The American Academy of Dermatology and the Colombian Dermatology Association list the following common triggers:

  • Sun: To prevent red skin caused by the sun, use a mild sunscreen (for sensitive skin) on a daily basis with an SPF of 30 or higher and use a hat or cap.
  • Stress: Tense situations can cause blushing. Seek out activities that help release stress such as meditating or breathing exercises.
  • Heat: The source of this heat can be a chimney, oven, hot drink or a hot shower. Bathing in lukewarm water, drinking cold beverages or using a hand-held or electric fan can help.
  • Alcohol: In some individuals, alcohol (specifically red wine), can make them blush. The best option is to choose other beverages.
  • Certain seasonings: Acidic or spicy foods, in specific, are best to avoid.

 

It is important to understand that everyone experiences the condition differently and that it may have other, less common triggers for it. The best treatment is to identify what the triggers are and prevent them. For any additional treatment, see a specialist.