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Lifestyle Changes to Manage Rosacea

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by Scholten A
The steps that you can take to help manage your rosacea are mostly focused on reducing flare-ups. A number of factors can cause your rosacea symptoms to flare up; however, these factors vary among people with rosacea. It is unlikely that every trigger will cause you to have a flare-up. Common triggers include:
  • Emotional stress
  • Sun exposure
  • Hot weather
  • Alcohol or caffeine
  • Very hot or spicy foods
  • Exercise
  • Wind
  • Hot baths
  • Cold, windy weather
  • Hot drinks
  • Scrubbing, rubbing, or massaging the face
  • Irritating cosmetics, other toiletries, and skin care products
The steps you can take to help reduce your risk of a flare-up and to manage your symptoms when they occur include the following:
You can also take steps to manage the emotional effects of rosacea.

Reduce Stress

You can reduce stress by taking care of yourself. This means eating a healthy diet, getting plenty of sleep, exercising regularly, and having enough time for rest and recreation. A variety of relaxation techniques can also help you to cope more effectively with stress. Examples include meditation, deep breathing, yoga, and biofeedback.


National Rosacea Society website. Available at:


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