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What aggravates rosacea?

Cybele Fishman, MD
Dermatology

Every patient with rosacea can have different triggers, but common triggers include sun, extreme cold or heat, wind, stress, alcohol and spicy foods. Watch dermatologist Cybele Fishman, MD, describe the main triggers for rosacea flare-ups.


Dr. Doris Day, MD
Dermatology
Anything that causes increased blood flow to the skin can aggravate rosacea. Some of the most common of these factors are:

• hot showers or hot drinks
• caffeine
• alcohol
• spicy foods
• dairy products
• sun exposure
• blushing
• extremes in emotion
• wind
• cold
• humidity.
• exercise
• heavy lifting

There is also a good chance that people with rosacea have increased numbers of mites in the hair follicles of the face. There are millions of hair follicles on the face. The offending mites are called demodex folliculorum. They aggravate the skin and can cause redness and inflammation of the skin.

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