Rosacea generally occurs in patients between the ages of 25 and 50 years, and it is much more common in people with fair complexions. Women are more likely than men to have rosacea, although the disease may be is generally more severe in men. There are certain lifestyle triggers, such as exposure to the sun, that tend to bring on a rosacea flare-up.
In a survey conducted by the National Rosacea Society, some of the most common rosacea triggers include exposure to the sun, emotional and physical stress, alcohol, hot or cold temperatures, wind, spicy foods, hot baths and hot drinks such as coffee or tea. Rosacea triggers are different for everyone. You may feel the telltale "heat" coming on while enjoying a cocktail, or when addressing a group of your peers. You may notice that a day at the beach leaves you with a rosy glow that just won't fade — even if you were in the shade.
To avoid rosacea flare-ups, it is important to recognize and avoid those triggers that cause blood flow to the cheeks, causing your face to blush. Before heading outside, check the daily UV Map to find out the risk level of UV rays in your area. Remember, these triggers are unique for everyone. Keeping track of flare-ups in a journal can help you identify — and avoid — your personal triggers.
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