1st August 2020

What is the Main Cause of Rosacea, and How Can it be Prevented?

Rosacea affects hundreds of millions of people around the world. From young children to older adults, rosacea affects people of all ages in many different ways. 

What is the main cause of rosacea? Many habits may trigger your symptoms, and those triggers are different for everyone. 

It's important to find what triggers your rosacea flare-ups so you can work to minimize them in the future. Read on for the most common triggers of rosacea and how to prevent flare-ups. 

What Is the Main Cause of Rosacea?

Rosacea is caused when your skin's hydrolipidic barrier is damaged. Weather, exposure to the sun, irritating skin products, and your diet are all factors that can compromise that hydrolipidic barrier. 

From the first moment you acquire rosacea, all of these factors can trigger a flare-up. Taking note of what you eat, what you put on your skin, and how you react under certain weather conditions can help you further prevent triggering symptoms. 

Find out which part of your daily routine could be making your rosacea worse. 

Food and Drink

When it comes to rosacea, there are a lot of foods and drinks that can potentially trigger symptoms. Keeping a food diary can help you determine what foods are good and bad for your personalized rosacea diet. 

Drinks like alcohol, coffee, and tea can trigger a flare-up. These drinks dilate your blood vessels, which leads to redness on your skin. 

Try to avoid citrus fruits, greasy foods, and spicy foods. Seafood (other than fish) and beef can also irritate your skin. 

Steer clear of acidic vegetables like tomatoes, onions, and peppers. Warming spices, sugars, and starches could potentially cause your rosacea to get worse.  


Some rosacea triggers are harder to control. Your exposure to certain weather can negatively affect your rosacea. 

Luckily, professional skincare clinics can recommend skincare and treatments for rosacea, like rosacea cream and other gentle products, to protect you from the elements. 

When you can, avoid extreme cold and winds. If you have to go out in extreme weather, protect your face with a scarf or a mask. 

Limit your sun exposure by wearing rosacea-friendly sunblock or wearing clothes that shade you from UV rays. 

Cosmetic Products

Once you have rosacea, you need to be very conscious of the cosmetic products you use. Makeup is one trigger, but the hairspray, lotions, and soap you use can also cause flare-ups. 

Be conscious when you use hairspray, shield your face and skin when styling your hair. When buying soap, find products for sensitive skin that are free of irritants like fragrance. 

Some companies carry makeup for rosacea. Consult a professional for makeup recommendations, and steer clear of makeup you know harms your skin. 

Keeping your skin hydrated is an important part of managing your rosacea, but some lotions can irritate your skin and trigger flare-ups. Ask a professional about the best moisturizer for rosacea. 

Protect Your Skin

So, what is the main cause of rosacea for you? By now you should have a better idea of what triggers your flare-ups. 

What's more here at Dr. Aesthetica we can aid you in your quest to eliminate your rosacea triggers. Contact us today and we'll be happy to suggest treatments and answer your questions. 

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