26th April 2020

What Triggers Rosacea and Can It Get Worse?

Last Modified: August 3, 2022

Over 400 million people around the world are affected by rosacea. The severity and symptoms are different for everyone.

The biggest obstacle to treatment is knowing what triggers rosacea. It's important to catch these triggers before your rosacea gets worse.

Keep reading for common rosacea triggers and ways to prevent flare-ups.

What Triggers Rosacea?

Rosacea happens when the hydrolipidic barrier on your skin becomes compromised. Some causes of rosacea are exposure to extreme elements or harmful products administered to the skin.

Once you get rosacea, several factors can cause a rosacea flare. It's important to take note of what triggers your rosacea to prevent further flare-ups.

Here are the most common factors that can cause your rosacea to get worse.

Cosmetic Products

A big number of cosmetic products can cause a rosacea outbreak. This includes hairspray, makeup, facial creams, soaps, and other skincare products.

When applying hairspray, be sure to cover your face or any other affected area of your body.

When wearing makeup, take note of what triggers rosacea on your skin and what doesn't. You may want to find makeup products that are formulated with sensitive skin in mind.

Some soaps you use in the shower can cause a flare-up. You may even be using a lotion that irritates the hydrolipidic barrier.

Food and Drink

A great deal of food and drink that you enjoy can trigger rosacea.

Stay away from spicy and greasy foods. Sour foods and citrus fruits can also be bad for your skin if you have rosacea.

Drinking alcohol can also trigger rosacea, especially in women. Steer clear of red wine, as it's the worst rosacea trigger of them all.

Caffeinated beverages like coffee and tea could cause flare-ups as well. To be safe, drinking water is the best way to keep your skin healthy.

Outside Elements

There are many rosacea triggers that seem almost uncontrollable.

Extreme weather conditions are awful for rosacea. You want to stay out of the wind and cold and avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight.

We know it's not possible to avoid these all of the time. You should take preventative measures if you have to face the elements.

Keep your face covered with a scarf if you need to face the cold and winds. Consult a professional for rosacea-friendly sunblock to wear in the sun.

Certain medicines you take may affect your rosacea. In this case, it's recommended you speak to your doctor about possible alternatives.

Stress is another big rosacea trigger. Take up a stress-relieving activity to try and ease flare-ups.

Will it Get Worse?

Leaving rosacea untreated can cause irreparable damages to your skin. It can spread from your face to other parts of your body and can even affect your eyes.

It's important to know what triggers your rosacea so you can avoid these things. Avoiding from triggers is key to lowering the risk of permanent damage.

You can also seek skin treatments and at-home products to ease your rosacea.

Seek Treatment

You now know what triggers rosacea and the importance of avoiding those triggers. Half the battle is fought.

Dr Aesthetica will provide guidance and non-invasive skin treatments to ease those flare-ups. Visit our website to book your treatment today.

Post Reviewed by: Dr Baldeep Farmah
Medically Reviewed on: 26th April 2020
Dr Baldeep Farmah is the Medical Director and lead Doctor of Dr Aesthetica, a Medical Aesthetic Clinic.

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