How to Watch Football Without Rosacea Flare-ups
Hut! Hut! Hike! It’s football season once again. Whether you’re a die-hard college or NFL fan, a supporter of the local high school team, or a once-in-awhile spectator looking for a reason to socialize, you may find yourself at a game-watch party or tailgate this season.
While watching a football game with friends can be a fun, relaxing way to spend a weekend afternoon, it can also turn into a danger zone for rosacea flare-ups. Here are a few ideas to keep in your playbook in order to avoid rosacea triggers:
Be Prepared: If you’re spending the day outside in the sun, remember to wear sunscreen and a hat. The weather can be unpredictable this time of year, so dressing in layers is a great idea - - and bring along a scarf to protect your face from any wind. Also, whether it’s hot or cold, sunglasses are a great way to prevent eye irritation.
Be Choosy: Don’t let the excitement of the game and conversation distract you from making your normal rosacea-friendly choices. Be careful about which snacks and treats you try. If certain ingredients trigger your rosacea, try politely asking how dishes were made or avoid eating anything unfamiliar.
Hydrate: If alcohol affects your skin, try to limit or reduce drinking. Try drinking sparkling water or other non-alcoholic beverages instead of beer. Think about bringing ice tea or creative mocktail to football parties for everyone to try!
Walk Away: If the game starts to get to you, go for a walk or offer to make a trip to the refreshment stand in order to have a little time to cool off and relax. Taking preventive steps can help you avoid a flush that will outlast the play clock.
Have fun: Sporting events can quickly become intensely emotional and physically exhausting, even for spectators. For rosacea patients, stress may have a more lasting impact as a common trigger for flare-ups. Remember that entertainment is the primary purpose of sporting events, and if at any point you aren’t having a good time, consider leaving early. No one will hold it against you!
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