Preventing flareups

Preventing flareups is the goal of treating rosacea since you can't cure it, and it's harder to treat a flare-up once it happens.

I have found that my diet has a strong influence on my skin condition. The well-known triggers I always read about, like spicy food, hot food, and red wine, are not really my triggers. Instead, for me, it's SUGAR, which should not be a surprise because it's so pro-inflammatory. 

What you put on your face can also affect your skin. The gentler the product is, the better. Getting really aggressive with your skin, just like with acne, can make it worse. Believe me, I know how tempting it is to throw everything at a flareup, but being gentle and patient is the best idea.

This includes makeup. When I have a flareup, I have to cover it somehow, right? But some makeup makes it worse, like certain preservatives. I searched hard to find what does not bother my skin, and that's what most of us have to do because all of us have different triggers.

3 top things to do to prevent flare-ups

I really believe that if you do just 3 things, your rosacea will improve or even disappear.

  1. Take curcumin.  Jarrow makes a good product as does the People's Chemist.  The Jarrow product is very reasonably priced and good quality.  It's a super antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, so it's good for you for so many reasons, but if you have rosacea, you have too much inflammation, so beat it down with curcumin.
  2. Avoid excess sugar.  I don't mean don't eat fruit.  I mean cut out added sugars in foods you buy, like yogurt.  There are some great lower sugar brands that do not use artificial sweeteners (which have other problems for your health).  Maple Hill Creamery and Naturi make greek yogurts with only about 6 g of added sugar. Try to get your added sugar down to less than 25 g a day.
  3. Get a little bit of sunshine.  I don't mean get a burn or get a dark tan.  But about 10 minutes of sunshine mid-day will generate vitamin D in your body, and that's another great antioxidant.

If you're using one of the prescription drugs, like Metrogel, you have to use that even when you have no signs of rosacea. It's easier to prevent a flareup than it is to get rid of one.  But I don't even need it anymore since I did the 3 things listed above.

Some people will say not to worry about it, but when you have a red patch on your face, how could you ignore that? Or the constant red bumpiness between my eyebrows? Pay attention to what seems to make it worse, and then have a trial period where you avoid whatever it is. Preventing flareups will be a life-long effort, but it can get easier if you figure out what causes your problem.  

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