Physical Activities

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Lukewarm Showers

Since I can’t eliminate exercise, I make sure I take a lukewarm shower as soon as possible after a work-out. If I need to do manual labor outside, such as gardening or mowing the lawn, I do it in the early morning, when it’s relatively cool and not too sunny, and I then take a lukewarm shower immediately afterwards. If I can’t get in the shower right away, then I’ll splash my face a few times with cool water.

— Lauren M.

Let Someone Else Cook

My husband suggested that, since my flare-ups occur in the evening, they may be related to cooking. He volunteered to start cooking and after a week or so I rarely have evening flare-ups, when previously I was having them every night for 1-2 hours with varying severity. Along with him doing the cooking, I stay out of the kitchen while the stove is on, we open the kitchen windows and use the vent.

—Kostendena K.

Spray Mist While Excercising

I exercise on a recumbent bike -- and use fan and water spray bottle directly to face. Adopting this has meant I do not go bright red, perspire excessively and get facial bumps. So effective to use spray mister with intensive exercise, which means I do not have to forgo the intense workout!

— Tanya S.

Stay Hydrated

Stay hydrated with water – when I’m dehydrated my rosacea (redness and pimples) appear and are exacerbated. Improves over the day as I re-hydrate and stay hydrated.

— Cindy B.

Ice Cubes

One day when my face was flushed, I rubbed an ice cube all over my face, particularly my nose.  Every morning and every night I did that for months because it felt good.  Then, I began to see that my rosacea was getting better and better.  I still do that ice rub morning and night, and my rosacea never appears and hasn’t appeared for three years now.
— P. Smith

Cucumber Slices

To help reduce flushing, I apply cucumber slices directly to the flushed skin.  I use English cucumbers, peeled and sliced very thin.  The thin slices conform to the skin contours much better than thicker slices.  I apply the cucumber and leave it in place until nearly dry.  Cucumber has a cooling effect that seems to exceed the effect one would expect from moisture alone.  I keep a small container in the refrigerator and take one along when traveling.  I pack a small paring knife in a checked bag when flying.
— U. Macmillan
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Beyond medical therapy prescribed by your doctor, a vast array of other measures have been discovered by patients to help control their condition. It Works for Me is a venue for sharing reports from rosacea patients, as well as physicians, who have written over the years to tell us, "I tried this, and it works for me," in hopes that they might help other rosacea sufferers with their individual cases. If you have a tip to share, please email it to, and it may be included here.

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