For rosacea sufferers, avoiding everyday triggers is an important way you can help keep this condition at bay. Check out these common triggers.


Avoid or minimize alcohol as this is a common trigger. Red wine is a frequently reported culprit.

Spicy food

Curries and foods, dressings or sauces made with chillies and hot or peppery spices or flavourings should be avoided or minimized.


Stress is a major cause of rosacea flare-ups. Create ways to reduce stress in your life such as relaxation techniques and problem solving.


Avoid products that irritate the skin (sting or burn) including those containing alcohol and witch hazel. Fragrance-free is also a good idea to lessen skin reactions. Avoid using soaps on the face. See more at Get Help - Skincare.


Long term use of highly potent topical steroids on affected areas may cause rosacea flare-ups. Some drugs, such as niacin, a cholesterol treatment, can cause flushing. *Consult your doctor regarding medications.


Heavy exercise can easily trigger rosacea symptoms. Sipping ice water helps. Get cool water on the face immediately after exercise.

Hot baths, saunas

Hot Baths, showers, saunas or hot tubs can bring on flushing. Keep bath and shower water at a moderate temperature.

Hot drinks

Very hot drinks are a sure way to feel hot and set off flushing. Reducing the temperature of hot drinks will help.