What are the most common lifestyle and environmental factors that aggravate rosacea or trigger flare-ups?
"There are many rosacea triggers that vary from person to person. Weather, hot drinks or alcohol, foods and medical conditions can all trigger flushing and formation of pimples and pustules. The National Rosacea Society (rosacea.org) is a great resource for learning about your rosacea.
The majority of medications used to treat rosacea will decrease the pimples and pustules. Two topical medications can help with redness and flushing. Often however patients complain that their skin is still red between flares. For that, Cary Aesthetic Center can offer intense pulsed light treatments that target tiny blood vessels in the skin and also stimulate tissue beneath the surface of the skin to increase fibroblast and collagen production for a younger less red appearance. Usually, three or four treatments are needed and their is minimal downtime." - Dr. Catherine Hren
How do I determine what causes a flare up?
"Keeping a diary of daily activities, events and diet can help you identify factors that cause your rosacea to flare. What triggers one person may not bother another rosacea patient at all.
Once you have identified what lifestyle or environmental factors cause your skin to flare, avoiding them is the best way to maintain the remission that you achieve with medication. " Dr. Catherine Hren