- Step 1: Cleanse with cool water Wash your face gently each day with a fragrance-free, mild cleanser. Avoid hot water or rough washcloths.
- Step 2: Rinse without rubbing Rinse your face using lukewarm water and blot dry with a soft, thick towel. Don’t rub your face or apply cream or ointment until the skin is air dried.
- TIP: Having rosacea can be a lonely experience; look for patient support groups online.
- Step 3: Avoid heat, cold, and alcohol Avoid sunny, cold, or windy weather as well as hot drinks, spicy foods, and alcohol. Use sensitive-skin sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or more.
- TIP: Holistic practitioners recommend sticking to an organic diet.
- Step 4: Get exercise Exercise moderately in cool environments. Overdoing it can trigger a flare-up or sudden dehydration. Drink cold fluids or eat ice chips if you feel overheated.
- Step 5: Try cosmetics Try fragrance-free, noncomedogenic cosmetics with a green or yellow tint to cover any flareups.
- Step 6: See a physician See a physician if you cannot control your condition. Doctors can prescribe oral antibiotics and topical creams. Cardiovascular medicines can also reduce severe flushing.
- FACT: In a study, 96 percent of subjects said simply avoiding common triggers reduced flare-ups.
You Will Need
- Fragrance-free cleanser
- A temperate climate
- Moderate exercise
- noncomedogenic cosmetics
- A doctor
- A support group (optional)
- An organic diet (optional)