I have written in the past about how to determine what triggers your rosacea. Basically, rosacea symptoms can get aggravated by either food or environmental factors.
For the last year or so, we ran a survey on our website that asked visitors what made their rosacea symptoms worse? We received close to 300 responses and while I always thought that food played a major role in the severity of symptoms, the survey results suggest that the environment plays a much bigger role.
So, here are the Top 5 rosacea triggers:
1. Alcohol (36%)
Alcohol was chosen as the worst offender in rosacea flare-ups. Sometimes it is just any alcoholic drink, but some of us get away with drinking certain types of wine or beer.
2. Stress (32%)
It is very difficult to lead a stress-free life and the more we are exposed to stress, the harder it seems to keep rosacea under control.
3. Heat (22%)
Heat causes blood vessels to dilate, which in turn could aggravate rosacea. Hard to escape heat during the summer months and that is the reason why so many people with rosacea have a difficult time during summer.
4. Tomatoes (5%)
While tomatoes do not contain high amounts of histamine, they do contain substances that can stimulate mast cells to release histamine. That is the reason why some rosacea sufferers are sensitive to tomatoes.
5. Chocolate (5%)
Chocolate (like tomatoes) can also have an indirect effect on rosacea.