Planning to celebrate Labor Day with a picnic? Weekend cookouts can be a ton of fun, but for those with rosacea, they may require a little extra planning and forethought to avoid a potential flare-up that lingers for days afterward.
If you’re taking the lead on cooking, be careful — heat is a common trigger for rosacea flare-ups. Spend as little time as possible working over the hot grill. Use a long-handled spatula and tongs so you can stand farther back from the heat. Keep a cool towel or ice water handy to help cool down.
Alcohol is another top trigger, so watch your consumption. You may not have to be a teetotaller, but go with low- or no-alcohol options to guard against flare-ups. These rosacea-friendly mocktails are fun alternatives to boozy drinks.
Wearing sunscreen can be vital for those with rosacea, but not all sunscreens are created equal! Follow these sunscreen tips to make sure you’re using a product that’s best for your skin. Stay in the shade when possible, and for an additional layer of protection, cover up with a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
If you’re playing badminton outside or throwing a ball around, don’t overexert yourself. In a survey of patients, 56 percent cited heavy exercise as a sure way to trigger their rosacea. Stress is also a major trigger, and if you are planning an active weekend, try to take it slow.
Remember, although signs and symptoms may be reduced in the summer for many patients, it hasn’t gone away. Make sure to stick with your skin care routine and continue taking any medication prescribed by your doctor.
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