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How To Prevent Flushing

How To Prevent Flushing: Hyper-reactive Capillaries and Facial Nerves.This article follows-on from an introduction to flushing in rosacea.

Flushing is usually the most difficult to treat component of rosacea.

How long do I have to prevent flushing before my rosacea is severe or has a poor prognosis?

It is now understood that it can take several years of pathological angiogenesis and axonogenesis (see Flushing) before many symptoms become outwardly apparent.

Accordingly, rosacea is now diagnosed on the basis of fewer and less severe symptoms than in the past.

If you are prone to any one or more of flushing, persistent skin redness or broken capillaries you should be treating them aggressively to limit disease progression.

How To Prevent Flushing

The prevention of flushing depends on avoiding factors which aggravate symptoms and decreasing the reactivity of the skin and capillaries.

Factors aggravating rosacea vary greatly from patient to patient, however UV exposure and inappropriate skin care are two of the most common and readily avoidable causes of worsening of rosacea.

Sunscreens to Prevent UV-Induced Flushing

In addition to sun avoidance where possible, sunscreen with the highest level of UVA protection should be used daily, irrespective of season, temperature or cloud coverage.

Ideally, the sunscreen should be free of preservatives such as parabens and fortified with anti-inflammatory type antioxidants.

The Clinic has developed two sunscreens (SPF 20 and SPF 50) for rosacea which meet these criteria.

For further information, see the sections on protection and rosacea sunscreens.

Anti-Inflammatory and Antioxidant Skin Care and Supplements to Soothe and Repair Skin

The terms "sensitive skin," "dermatologist-tested" and even "fragrance-free" mean little in reality.

All types of rosacea share one common feature: inflammation.

Anti-inflammatory skin care products and supplements such as grape seed can help rosacea.

As with sunscreen, skin care products should be free of preservatives and other irritants.

The Clinic's pharmacy prepares clinically-validated, preservative-free cleansers, antioxidants and moisturizers containing high concentrations of anti-inflammatories and antioxidants.

Potentially Aggravating Foods

Liver, yogurt, sour cream, cheese (except cottage cheese), chocolate, vanilla, soy sauce, yeast extract (bread is ok), vinegar, eggplant, avocados, spinach, broad-leaf beans & pods citrus fruits, including tomatoes, including lima, navy or bananas, red plums, raisins or pea figs, spicy & thermally hot foods, foods high in histamine.

Potentially Aggravating Drinks

Alcohol, especially red wine, beer, bourbon, gin, vodka or champagne hot drinks, including hot cider, hot chocolate, coffee and tea.

Emotional Factors

Stress, anxiety.

Temperature and Weather-Related Factors

Saunas, hot baths, simple overheating, excessively warm environments, sun, strong winds, cold, humidity.

Drugs Triggering Symptoms

Vasodilators, topical steroids.

Medical Conditions Triggering Symptoms

Menopause, chronic cough, caffeine withdrawal.

Other Resources

Redness Relief — WebMD.

Blushing and Flushing — Better Health Channel Australia.

Author: Peter Wilson.

Reviewed: Thursday, 1 May 2014.

Further Information: Rosacea Flushing Treatment References : How To Prevent Flushing :


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