5 triggers to avoid for Rosacea Flare-ups? Understand the crucial link between Stress & Rosacea
Do you suffer with seemingly random rosacea flare-ups? Are you desperate to find out what could be causing them? If yes, you’re one step closer to discovering the most likely causes triggering your infuriating rosacea.
Maybe you’ve figured out some of your triggers, like certain foods or stress, but other times, you’re still puzzled about why your rosacea has flared up.
Experts don’t have a clear understanding of exactly what causes this chronic skin condition, but there are certainly number of things commonly act as triggers for rosacea flare-ups.
Here are 5 of the most common triggers which if managed correctly can play a huge role in keeping the rosacea flare-ups in control:
Alcohol can dilate the tiny blood vessels in the face, causing the face to flush. Aim to drink in moderation and only on special occasions, if at all. Not only can drinking alcoholic beverages cause flare-ups, but so can topically applied alcohol in various facial cleansing and skincare products. Always check your product labels and avoid those containing alcohol or other overly drying and stripping ingredients.
SPICY FOODS AND DRINKS
Foods that contain spicy ingredients can affect the blushing areas of the face, leading to redness. If you love spicy food, go with mild spice and only enjoy these dishes on occasion. Since hot (temperature-wise) food and drinks often trigger facial flushing, you should allow your food or warm beverage to cool a bit before consuming.
We know this one is surprising, but as regular exercise is important for everyone, it’s also a common trigger for rosacea flare-ups. But this does not mean you should abandon your exercise routine. Rather, limit outdoor exercising to morning or evening hours to avoid midday heat and sun exposure. When exercising outdoors, use shaded trails for cycling or jogging. And always remember to keep yourself well hydrated.
SUN AND UV EXPOSURE
Sun exposure, hot and cold temperatures and wind exposure frequently aggravate rosacea symptoms. Always wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen when outside, even on cloudy days. If possible, stay inside on particularly hot, humid days. If you must venture out in the cold or wind, cover your cheeks and nose with a scarf.
STRESS AND ANXIETY
This is the biggest culprit when it comes to flare-ups and common other skin concerns. Stress and anxiety can cause rosacea symptoms to worsen, so use stress management techniques when needed. Make sure to get plenty of rest and practice deep breathing when you feel anxiety creeping up. However, we all know that life is busy, and it will always be. Think about kids, school runs, 9-5’s, work deadlines, health conditions and a lot more that is completely unavoidable on a daily basis. There is practically no magic solution to avoid stress. Our bodies get stressed all the time, without us even knowing it.
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Talking about skincare, there are also some of the other great steps to incorporate into your routine to keep the condition in control.
- Avoid beauty or personal care products with added fragrance specially if you have a sensitive skin. Such artificial fragrances cause more allergic contact dermatitis than almost any other ingredient.
- Stick to a minimalist skincare routine as a slow beauty approach is the key secret for people with conditions, such as rosacea and eczema. When you give your skin a chance to only experience less ingredients and products, it helps strengthen its natural barrier function as there is less chance of reactions that could sometimes appear due to using lots of actives at once. These days, cosmetics have any number of alien-sounding names listed on them, which is why all of our products at Beauty Cleanse Skincare use as few ingredients as possible to be kind to your skin, and none have added fragrance.
- It is also recommended to avoid synthetic exfoliating agents and astringents (products which encourage pores to close). Although it may be tempting to exfoliate to rid the skin of any roughness, skin with rosacea must be treated gently, so resist the urge to scrub at it with an exfoliant.
Let’s understand the crucial link between Stress & Rosacea
Stress manifests as an emotion, and it has been proven to trigger rosacea flare-ups. Excess or chronic stress causes the body to overreact, causing dramatic chemical and physical changes. The body releases adrenaline and cortisol (among other chemicals) and even stops digestion.
Moreover, the skin is deeply interconnected with our neurological system. There are two neuronal reactions that are the foundation of this inner connection – the neurological stress response and the circadian rhythm control.
Stress activates the sympathetic-adrenal-medullary (SAM) axis, which is responsible for the release of catecholamines (neurotransmitter*). These stress mediators affect the epidermal balance (skin balance) by altering skin immunity, disrupting the natural barrier function and compromising genome integrity. This also leads to decreased epidermal thickness and other well-known signs of fatigue such as puffy eyes and dry and flaky skin.
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