Whether the occasion is a family wedding, a business dinner or a “night on the town,” the desire to look your best is the same.
Here are tips on how to avoid or cope with a flare-up that might otherwise put a damper on the festivities:
- Think ahead. In the days before a special occasion, take particular care to avoid lifestyle factors that affect your individual condition. Also be sure to use all medication as prescribed in the weeks before.
- Be cautious with food selections. When given a choice, stick to foods that normally do not cause a rosacea outbreak in your case. Spicy foods are a common rosacea trigger, and some foods, such as tomatoes, spinach and eggplant, contain agents that cause the release of histamine in the body, which may trigger a rosacea flare-up in certain rosacea sufferers. Taking an antihistamine about two hours before a meal will help counter the effects of these foods. Also, wait for thermally hot foods to cool down before eating.
- Watch what you drink. During social occasions, take special care to minimize the potential effects of alcoholic or heated beverages, which are common rosacea triggers. To be completely safe, stick to cold, non-alcoholic drinks.
- Take your medication. Be sure to take your medication in order to minimize symptoms and avoid recurrence.
- Stash some makeup. In case you have a flare-up at an important time, be sure to have makeup on hand — green-tinted liquid foundation for general coverage to conceal redness or a thicker flesh-colored formulation for spot application to cover bumps or pimples.
- Take pride in yourself. If, despite your best efforts, you experience a rosacea flare-up before or during a social occasion, don’t lose heart. Smile, make eye contact and show an interest in everyone you greet. Engaging others in a conversation about their family or their favorite hobby will take the spotlight off of yourself.