Identifying Your Individual Rosacea Triggers
Rosacea “triggers” are the factors that cause a flare-up of signs and symptoms, such as redness or bumps and pimples. there are a wide variety of potential factors that may trigger a rosacea flare-up in various individuals, ranging from certain weather conditions to particular foods. As rosacea and its symptoms often vary for each patient, keeping a diary is a systematic way to determine which triggers affect your individual case. Track diet, weather, emotions, and activities like exercising, socializing, work-related tasks and household chores. Write down when you experience rosacea symptoms, as well as their intensity and duration.
To help determine your personal rosacea triggers, the NRS offers a “Rosacea Diary” booklet that provides an easy format for identifying which environmental, dietary and other factors may affect you. Obtain a copy online, or by writing or calling the Society.
An NRS survey of rosacea patients identified the most common triggers. While the range of potential triggers on this list may seem overwhelming, remember that every patient isn’t affected by each trigger, and there is no need to avoid triggers that don’t affect your individual condition.
Most Common Rosacea Triggers
While the list of potential rosacea triggers in various individuals may be endless, a survey of 1,066 rosacea patients found that the most common factors included the following: