Self-management

Lifestyle and home remedies

These practices may help you reduce signs and symptoms or prevent flare-ups:

  • Avoid triggers. Know what tends to cause flare-ups for you and avoid those triggers.
  • Protect your face. Apply sunscreen daily. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Take other steps to protect your skin, such as wearing hats and avoiding midday sun. In cold, windy weather, wear a scarf or ski mask.
  • Treat your skin gently. Don't rub or touch your face too much. Use a nonsoap cleanser and moisturize frequently. Avoid products that contain alcohol or other skin irritants.
  • Apply makeup. Some makeup products and techniques may help reduce the appearance of skin redness. For example, apply green-tinted makeup before a light liquid foundation. Or try a light dusting of green-tinted facial powder.

Coping and support

Rosacea can be distressing. You might feel embarrassed or anxious about your appearance and become withdrawn or self-conscious. You may be frustrated or upset by other people's reactions. Talking to a counselor about these feelings can be helpful.

A rosacea support group, either in person or online, can connect you with others facing the same types of problems — which can be comforting.

Aug. 18, 2016
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