Redness across the nose and cheeks is a common skin condition called rosacea.
It can be influenced by many things, including sunlight, stress, and specific foods and beverages.
Patients of the condition can visit a dermatologist to get proper diagnosis and treatment.
They can also change lifestyle habits to prevent and control the condition.
Arielle N.B. Kauvar, a board-certified dermatologist from the American Academy of Dermatology, provides 8 tips for people with this skin problem.
Protect your skin from sunburn
Research has shown that sun exposure is one of the most common causes of rosacea symptoms.
To protect your skin, you need to seek shade and wear protective clothing when staying outdoors. You can wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses with UV protection.
It is important to broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to all exposed skin every day when you go outside.
Protect your face from wind and cold
Wearing a scarf is a great option for protecting your skin against wind and cold. You should choose scarves made of silk or acrylic.
Scarves made of wool and other rough-feeling fabrics may trigger rosacea symptoms, according to the researcher.
Hot baths and showers may increase rosacea symptoms. You should take warm baths and showers rather than hot ones.
In winter, try to sit far enough away from fireplaces, heaters and other heat sources so that you don’t feel the warmth directly.
It is important to cool down your body during exercise.
Do skin care simply
Many skin care products are too harsh for people with rosacea. It may be helpful if you use a simple skincare routine.
When buying skin care products, you should look for mild, gentle formulas made for sensitive skin. Avoid products containing menthol, camphor, sodium lauryl sulfate and alcohol.
When using skin care products, be gentle to your skin and do not rub, scrub or massage your face.
Avoid spicy foods
Spicy foods often can trigger rosacea symptoms. Therefore, it is important to eat foods with milder flavors.
Sometimes you need to avoid spicy foods altogether to control rosacea.
Drink less alcohol
Red wine may be a big cause of rosacea. If you need to drink alcohol, try to choose beverages other than red wine.
It may be helpful if you limit your intake to one or two drinks and have a cold glass of water in between.
Avoid hot beverages
Research shows that heat from hot beverages could cause rosacea to flare. So instead of drinking hot coffee or tea, you can drink iced ones, or let your beverage cool before drinking it.
Reduce your stress
Sometimes stress can cause rosacea. You can find activities to reduce your stress levels, such as yoga, meditation, tai chi, music, or other things.
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