Rosacea is a skin condition often called “adult acne” because of the pimples it causes on your face. It is often accompanied by flushing or redness on the nose and cheeks. Doctors do not know what causes rosacea, but they have identified several different triggers that might worsen it.
“Each person’s rosacea may be triggered in different ways. Using a log or diary to keep track of triggers can be helpful,” says Charles M. Moon, MD, dermatologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “For many people, the same triggers that cause their face to flush also make rosacea and the acne component more apparent.”
Common triggers include alcohol and spicy or hot (temperature-wise) foods or drinks, exercise or saunas, hot or cold weather and wind. Rosacea also worsens due to emotional triggers such as embarrassment, stress or anxiety. “Once you know your specific triggers, you can take steps to avoid them or at least reduce their effects,” says Moon. Additionally there are various medications that your healthcare provider can prescribe to help control the condition.
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