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Alumier Skin Experts / April 26, 2019

Why Does It Happen? 8 Key Triggers For Rosacea

Often mistaken for acne, eczema or an allergic reaction, rosacea is the chronic inflammation of the skin, which leaves a reddish appearance. Even though there are treatments available to help soothe the skin, sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint what triggers flare-ups.

So, what sets it off? Here are 8 common rosacea triggers:

Sunlight
Rosacea is most commonly associated with fairer complexions. Therefore, sun exposure to the sun can often be a trigger. UV rays are harmful which may have a negative effect on the person’s skin and its barrier function. Greater sun exposure (and its related heat) can increase the volume of blood through the vessels; therefore, creating a reddish appearance. The use of broad-spectrum sun protection is necessary to ensure that your skin is protected.

Heat
A study by the National Rosacea Society revealed how exposure to increased heat can trigger rosacea. Those with rosacea had higher blood flow and increased sweating rates than those who didn’t have this skin ailment. The higher the heat, the greater the blood flow and sweat, thus, triggering the flushed look.

Exercise
Sweating it out can flare up your Rosacea. So, of course, we aren’t saying don’t work out, but change up your routine such as breaking up your workout sessions into shorter periods so you can give your skin a break as well.

Stress
Rosacea is already linked to abnormal chemical reactions. Heightened stress makes the body overreact with changes to the chemical composition. Therefore, stress management is key to keep your rosacea in check.

Alcohol
Historically this has been up for debate. However, recent studies by the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology found a connection. Sure, there’s nothing wrong with raising a glass (or two), but keep close tabs on your consumption levels as alcohol can also be a trigger. For those who already have rosacea, drinking red wine can exacerbate the situation as it contains histamine.

Hairspray
You probably didn’t realize but yes, hairspray can trigger rosacea due to its high alcohol content, which can increase blood flow once in contact with the skin.

Skin Products
For a while, there wasn’t a connection to rosacea. However, people with rosacea often have a compromised barrier function.  This would cause their skin to be more prone to irritation when certain known irritants are applied to the skin.

Spicy Foods and Hot Drinks
There’s nothing like a little kick in your food. However, you’ve got to be a bit cautious. The increase in heat will also set off your rosacea. This also goes for hot drinks. So sometimes you may need to swap that hot cup of coffee with something cooler as the heat coming from the drink can increase the blood flow in your face.

What You Can Try:
Calming Collection:  This curated collection includes SensiCalm, Calm-R, HydraCalm and the Clear Shield Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 42. It’s presented in a beautiful vegan leather cosmetic bag.

What: SensiCalm
Why: Contains Yucca Root Extract, a natural foaming ingredient and mild surfactant, yucca root extract is a gentle alternative to harsh synthetic ingredients. It also has aloe which makes it perfectly formulated for sensitive and rosacea-prone skin.

What: Calm-R
Why: This lightweight hydrating serum is packed with anti-inflammatory ingredients including hinokitiol and sea whip which work to calm the skin and relieve redness.

What: HydraCalm Moisturizer
Why: Geared to provide the essential moisture your skin needs and is loaded with ingredients that are naturally made to help calm and soothe your redness including sea whip, Boswellia serrate extract, aloe, and honey.

What: Clear Shield Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 42
Why: Super light in texture this broad spectrum sunscreen also boasts niacinamide which soothes the redness and hydrates with the help of sodium hyaluronate which is perfectly suited for redness and sensitive skin.

Now that you’ve got a handle on the triggers, coupled with our guide on AlumierMD’s scientifically proven products,  you can continue to put your best face forward.

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