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Recognizing Common Triggers for Rosacea

Rosacea can be a frustrating condition to treat. In addition to seeking treatment from a dermatologist, rosacea sufferers can also benefit from knowing what triggers them to experience flare-ups. A good way to identify the things that exacerbate your rosacea symptoms is to keep a diary of when your flare-ups occur and what you were doing when they happened, and then reviewing that information with your dermatologist. Here is a look at some of the most common triggers patients with rosacea blame for their symptoms.

Spicy Foods

Spicy foods that contain curry, red pepper flakes, cayenne peppers, and other heat-generating ingredients cause many people to flush while eating them, but for people who have rosacea, that redness can persist for long after the meal is done. Some people with rosacea find that they can’t eat any spicy foods at all without having a flare, while others can eat them in moderation.


Alcohol is one of the most common triggers for rosacea symptoms. More than half of people with rosacea say that having a drink can cause their rosacea to flare up. Red wine is a common culprit, but vodka, gin, and whiskey are also blamed for symptoms. If you drink, keep track of which kinds of alcohol affect you the most, and remember to skip the soda and juice mixers, which can compound the effects of the alcohol on your skin.


Many people with rosacea notice that their symptoms are worse when they are going through periods of stress. Although you can’t completely prevent the stress of occurring in your life, finding ways to manage it may not only make you feel better but also keep your rosacea symptoms under control.

While there is no cure for rosacea, the dermatologists at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology can help you find a treatment plan that reduces your symptoms and keeps your skin healthy. To schedule a consultation for rosacea treatment in Salt Lake City, call 801-266-8841.