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The Canadian Dermatology Association defines rosacea as a "chronic inflammatory skin condition that affects over three million Canadians." Rosacea appears as inflamed red skin, commonly on the face.

The condition can evolve and sometimes result in tiny pimples and enlarged blood vessels that cause the skin to look red, and rough. Even though there is no proven cure for rosacea, lifestyle changes and treatments can help reduce its symptoms.

As much as there are things that help subside the appearance of rosacea, there are also specific things like actions and foods that can worsen it. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, anything that leads to a flare-up is considered to be a trigger.

It can be a nuisance to avoid the things that cause your Rosacea to flare up, which is why it's best to learn about the latest Rosacea treatment options that can help provide a more permanent solution to your condition.

That being said, while you do your research and weigh your options, for your personal comfort you will probably want to avoid anything that initiates a flare up, such as the following:

Eating Spicy Foods

Spicy foods dilate the tiny vessels under your skin that cause rosacea flare-ups. A survey done by the National Rosacea Society showed that 45% of 1,066 rosacea patients displayed effects from spicy foods.

According to Everyday Health, you're going to want to avoid foods like:

  • Hot sauces

  • Curries

  • Salsa

  • Red pepper flakes

Drinking a Hot Beverage Every Morning

Much like spicy food, thermally hot things also trigger for rosacea. This is because flushing and redness is caused by anything that causes blood vessels to expand - like warm drinks. That would explain why you flare up after a tea or coffee in the morning.

Not Wearing Sunscreen

Sunscreen protects you from a variety of things, from burns to sun damage to rosacea. According to the National Rosacea Society, sunlight has the ability to not only trigger rosacea flare ups, but potentially be a contributing factor to the blood vessel damage that the condition is commonly associated with.

Because of this, not wearing sunscreen is a bad habit to fall into, even for those who don't have rosacea. Wearing sunscreen helps to protect your skin for the sun's UV rays that can activate the skin irritation.

Hot Baths

The same survey done by the National Rosacea Society reported that 51% of those surveyed were triggered by hot baths. Things like hot showers, saunas and hot baths trigger flushing, which is why it's advised to keep your body temperature neutral by avoiding them.

Pushing Yourself Too Hard When Your Exercise

Even though exercise causes your body to heat up (which can trigger your rosacea), you don't have to forgo physical activity. It's just important to be cautious of how you exercise; for example, don't over exert yourself. Instead, take it easy and make sure to stretch and warm up before working out.

Not Consulting a Professional

If you haven't spoken to anybody about your rosacea or how you can help it, take control of the situation.

If you are looking to reduce the symptoms of your rosacea, it is essential to consult a professional wither that be your doctor or a dermatologist. Everyone's skin is different, which means people react differently to the condition.

Some have more extreme rosacea, while others have a milder form. It's imperative that you speak with a professional who can help provide options to treat the condition and how to change your lifestyle to ensure proper treatment to prevent it from flaring up.

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