What triggers rosacea?

A trigger is anything that causes the flushing, blushing and skin changes of rosacea. Often a change in body temperature — usually getting hotter — is involved.  Rosacea may be triggered by a variety of environmental and lifestyle factors as well.

Environmental triggers could include:

  • Sun — Sun protection, especially for the face, is a must for rosacea sufferers.
  • Cold weather — Canada’s winters are not kind to those with rosacea. Dry, cold air is harsh on the skin and triggers flare-ups and flushing.
  • Hot, indoor spaces — Warm, crowded places can easily trigger a rosacea outbreak.

Lifestyle triggers could include:

  • Alcohol — Avoid or minimize alcohol as this is a common trigger. Red wine is a frequently reported culprit.
  • Spicy food — Curries and foods, dressings, or sauces made with chillies and hot or peppery spices or flavourings can trigger outbreaks.
  • Emotions — Stress is a major cause of rosacea flare-ups.
  • Skincare — Products that irritate the skin (sting or burn) including those containing alcohol and witch hazel.
  • Exercise — Heavy exercise can easily trigger rosacea symptoms.
  • Hot baths or saunas — Hot baths, showers, saunas, or hot tubs can bring on flushing.
  • Hot drinks — Very hot drinks are a sure way to feel hot and set off flushing.