One of the most important things you can do if you have rosacea is to minimize your exposure to anything that causes a flare-up. Find out what factors affect you so that you can avoid them. Other suggestions to prevent flare-ups include:
- Wear broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher
- Protect your face in the winter with a scarf or ski mask
- Avoid irritating your facial skin by rubbing or touching it too much
- Wash problem areas with a gentle cleanser (Dove, Cetaphil)
- Avoid facial products that contain alcohol or other skin irritants
If you wear makeup, consider using green-tinted foundation creams and powders because they're designed to counter skin redness.
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