While scientists may not know the exact cause of rosacea, they do know that the symptoms may be reduced or worsened by certain factors in daily life called triggers. There are many triggers for rosacea symptoms and each person may not be affected by all of them; however, if you have rosacea, it is beneficial to know the specific triggers that cause your symptoms to worsen.
One cause of rosacea may be abnormalities in the blood vessels of the face. This explains the symptoms of persistent redness, flushing and visible blood vessels. Sun damage is thought to be one possible cause of the abnormalities because exposure to direct ultraviolet waves in sunlight may cause the degeneration of the elastic tissue in the skin, causing the blood vessels to dilate. Other triggers are:
- Alcohol, spicy foods that contain red or green chilies and very hot drinks and foods. Alcohol consumption is recommended be reduced to a minimum, and hot drinks such as coffee and tea may be replaced with iced drinks.
- Certain activities such as strenuous exercise, hot baths or spending time in a hot tub or sauna may make symptoms worse. Even though working out may worsen your symptoms, you still need regular exercise for good health. It is not recommended to exercise until you are overheated. You may drink plenty of water and exercise in an air-conditioned room, if possible. One tip is to cover your face with a cool cloth when you are finished.
- The weather could trigger an outburst, including very hot or cold weather as well as windy and humid weather.
- Certain emotions may increase the symptoms. If any of these are a trigger for you, you may need to learn ways to remain calm and reduce any stressful situations in your life.
- Certain physical conditions may also cause flare-ups. Menopause, a chronic cough and withdrawal from caffeine may contribute to the symptoms.
- Some medications and skin creams may trigger symptoms. These include topical steroids, blood pressure drugs and opiate painkillers.
Most of the triggers cause blood to rush to your face. When this happens, your face becomes red and hot, even if you do not have rosacea. That is why it is recommended to avoid the activities, emotions or products that may cause flushing to worsen already-existing rosacea.
No one is sure what exactly causes rosacea, but doctors do know that there are triggers that make the symptoms worse. It is recommended to examine your lifestyle carefully and determine if there is anything you do or eat that makes your rosacea worse. You may then avoid these things and work with the team at Doctor’s Approach to find ways to lessen your symptoms. For your convenience, we have offices in Okemos, Carson City and St. Johns. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.