A Blush of Romance: Dating with Rosacea

Posted: 02/13/2017

I love you candlesHave you been hit by Cupid’s arrow? Valentine’s Day is here again! Whether the relationship is brand new or 50 years old, a romantic evening out or a day spent with a special person can make even the most composed person blush. For people with rosacea, though, rosy cheeks can quickly turn from charming to embarrassing. As you make plans for this Valentine’s Day, consider these precautions to prevent a potential flare-up. We asked readers on the NRS Facebook page to share some of their best tips for dating with rosacea, and here’s what they said:

Keep your cool. 

NRS reader Dwain sarcastically said she loves when people ask “are you OK?”, which will probably only intensify embarrassment or emotion over a rosacea flare-up. Stressing about your skin and appearance may make a flare-up more likely to occur or worsen if it’s already there. Try not to think or worry about your rosacea. Just have fun!

Avoid alcohol and other triggers.

One reader named Michelle shared a personal tip: “No red wine! It ALWAYS makes me flush.” Rachel, another reader, added, “For me it's any alcohol.” Even though Valentine’s Day constitutes a special occasion, avoiding your personal triggers is always a good idea.

Be careful outdoors.

Alice suggested, “Although it’s winter in the northern hemisphere, wear a sunhat and sunblock outdoors. Avoid sun.” She’s onto something! If you’re going to be spending time outdoors, avoid the sun as well as severe cold and harsh winds, as all three are common rosacea triggers. Covering up with a scarf to protect your face is a great idea.

Don’t sweat it.

Ultimately, enjoy Valentine’s Day. Do what you can to avoid a flare-up, but if the red menace strikes, don’t let it ruin the romance. NRS reader Sharon doesn’t sweat a rosacea flare-up. She said, “Sorry, I rosacea-blush down to my chest with the man I love.”

Photo courtesy of SteveR on Flickr.

Social Media Editor: Emma Terhaar

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