If You Have Rosacea, These Are the 9 Triggers Experts Say to Avoid

Allie Flinn

When I was a teenager, I remember seeing my mum special-order a certain cleanser (the name of which I forget) because it was the only thing she'd found she could wash her face with. She had rosacea, which was a skin condition I didn't really understand because, let's face it, I was a self-absorbed teen. Way to be dramatic mum, I thought, before I entered the beauty industry and a) became the kind of person who sets alarms for Fenty product launches and b) it became my job to understand skin conditions like rosacea. (Sidenote: Sorry, Mum, for being such a brat!)

According to the National Rosacea Society, an estimated 415 million people worldwide have rosacea. "Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes redness and appearance of fine blood vessels commonly in the center of the face and other areas as well," Deepika Vyas, co-founder and CEO of AVYA Skincare, explains. "It can appear as blotchiness and also pus filled bumps which look like acne." It's most common in fair-skinned women over 30 and can be passed down through genetics. (Ha, there's my mum's payback.) Oh, and it's not just the facial redness—Vyas says that dryness, swelling, and irritation around the eyes is common before symptoms in other areas.

While there is no cure for rosacea, there are certain ways you can keep your skin from, for lack of better term, freaking the eff out. Here, the experts share nine things that exacerbate rosacea.

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