To prevent the symptoms from coming back, good skin care is recommended. That includes protecting your skin from the sun, using soap-free cleansing products with a low pH, and avoiding irritants.
Possible irritants in skin care products might include alcohol, camphor, menthol, mint, eucalyptus, perfumes, fruit acids and substances used for chemical or mechanical peeling.
It's best to use lukewarm or cool water to wash your face and then dry it by gently dabbing it with a towel. If the water is too hot or too cold, it can trigger skin redness or make it worse.
If your skin is too dry, moisturizers can help. They also relieve itching and prevent the skin from cracking, which makes inflammation more likely.
It is often possible to find out what triggers are responsible for the flare-ups. Generally speaking, anything that can cause your face to flush might make the rosacea worse too. Typical triggers include the following:
- Hot drinks
- Certain medications, e.g. drugs that dilate (widen) blood vessels
- Hot spices and spicy foods
- Extreme temperatures
Keeping a rosacea diary can help you to find out what may be triggering your migraines. If you know what the triggers are, you can at least try to avoid some of them when possible.