Since the arrival of spring naturally draws people outside, here are some tips for enjoying outdoor exercise while minimizing rosacea flare-ups.
- Consider the potential for a rosacea flare-up. Over-exertion is a common rosacea trigger for many. In a survey of rosacea patients, exercise caused flare-ups in 55 percent of runners, and 46 percent of cyclers and swimmers. In contrast, golf only caused flare-ups for 29 percent of those participating.
- Pick your time and location. If you select a potentially high-risk activity like running or cycling, go out in early morning or evening when the air is cooler, and try shaded trails and parks instead of hot asphalt. Always protect your skin from the sun.
- Lower your intensity, increase your frequency. Break up your outdoor exercise routine. If you plan to run an hour, stop and walk every 20 minutes. Add more rest time for a harder workout.
- Cool down before and after. Before you work out, try one of these cool-down tactics -- chew ice chips, sip a cold water bottle, drape a cold towel or ice pack around your neck, periodically spray your face with cold water, or wear sweat bands doused in cold water. Take a cool shower after your workout.
- Consider aqua aerobics. Many readers have recommended this as a good exercise for rosacea patients prone to flushing.