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Although the cause is unknown, rosacea sufferers have noted a few known rosacea triggers, most of which are related to exposure to heat: Hot and Spicy Foods – Both piping hot food and spicy foods can aggravate rosacea, so it is best to wait for your food to cool a little and to stick to mildly spiced dishes where possible. Alcohol and Hot Drinks – Alcohol (specifically red wine) and hot drinks like tea and coffee can aggravate rosacea in some individuals. Exercise – After heavy exercise it is normal for the face to flush but for individuals with rosacea the redness can be exaggerated and longer lasting. The best way to counteract this is by exercising in cooler temperatures in the morning or evening rather than the middle of the day. Hot Baths and Saunas – Hot baths and/or steam can result in a flare-up of symptoms. Moderating the temperature of baths and showers can help to prevent redness. Scrubs or harsh bathing products should also be avoided. The Weather – Increased or prolonged exposure to the sun as well as hot weather can cause rosacea outbreaks. Sunny weather increases UV exposure that can trigger flare-ups. Rosacea sufferers are advised to wear a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15 and exposure should be avoided between 10am and 2pm when the sun is at his strongest. Certain Medications – Certain medications such as topical steroids, blood pressure medication and some painkillers can act as rosacea triggers. If you’re concerned about this, speak to your GP to see if it’s possible to change your medication. Rosacea treatment: Obagi Medical Products, IS Clinical