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Will it help to document rosacea skin reactions?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Keeping a diary of the factors that affect your rosacea can help you avoid those triggers in the future and minimize flare-ups of the condition. In surveys of people with rosacea who identified and avoided their personal rosacea triggers, more than 90% reported that their condition had improved, according to the National Rosacea Society.

Rosacea triggers vary from person to person, although some triggers – such as sun exposure, temperature extremes, emotional stress, and alcohol consumption – are common. The National Rosacea Society recommends keeping a journal for at least two weeks, noting the food and beverages you consume, the products you use on your face, the weather you are exposed to, the activities you do, and the severity of your rosacea symptoms each day. At the end of two weeks, look for patterns. Do your symptoms worsen on windy days? When the temperature drops below freezing? Every time you drink hot coffee? Whenever you wash with a certain soap? Identifying your triggers and avoiding them gives you a good chance that your rosacea symptoms will improve.

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