The holidays can be an especially difficult time of year for rosacea sufferers. So many common triggers for flare-ups -- cold and windy weather, indoor heat, hot beverages, emotional stress, alcohol and spicy foods -- are hallmarks of the season, they can be difficult to avoid. Here are some useful tips to help keep rosacea symptoms at bay.
First and foremost, take care of yourself to avoid emotional stress. Stress is the second-most commonly identified trigger for flare-ups by rosacea sufferers. Eat right, get plenty of rest, avoid worry and maintain your exercise routine.
Avoid known food triggers. Identify and avoid foods that affect your individual case. Spicy foods, tomatoes and chocolate are some triggers often identified in patient surveys.
Heated drinks and alcoholic beverages -- especially red wine -- are known to cause flare-ups in some individuals. Minimize alcohol intake and add an ice cube to hot coffee, tea, hot cocoa or cider.
If you're the one doing the holiday cooking, remember to keep the kitchen cool and well ventilated to avoid becoming overheated. Sip a cool drink, and have a cool, damp towel at the ready to pat your face. Take a break in a cooler room when you can.
Holiday shopping means running in and out of stores in cold or windy weather. Cover your face with a scarf, and consider using moisturizer on your face to avoid dry skin.
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