Unfortunately, there isn't a complete cure for rosacea, but there are certain things you can do to control it and avoid anything that can trigger flare-ups. Lifestyle changes can help, like eating certain foods and avoiding others, protecting your skin against the sun's harmful rays, and avoiding over-exfoliation or harsh products. Keeping your stress in check is also a must. "Stress accelerates the production of free radicals that will neutralize proteins, such as collagen, and speed up the aging process," Petrillo says. "In addition, it can worsen skin conditions that are known to be related to emotional stress, such as acne, psoriasis, rosacea, and others."
And because triggers are so personal, you're going to want to pay attention to your own. "Rosacea can be reduced through lifestyle choices, and it is important to find your triggers that may cause flare-ups," Rodney says. "Common triggers include extremes of temperature either hot or cold and eating spicy foods." Rodney suggests creating a log or diary to pinpoint what causes your flare-ups.
Certain topical and oral medications can help, as well as in-office treatments, like lasers or peels. "It is important to avoid over-exfoliation with rosacea, but one of the few in-office aesthetic treatments that can be helpful with this condition are chemical peels," says Mila Davis, an aesthetician at Skin to Smile. "Gentler chemical peels can reduce inflammation and reduce the appearance of redness. Other skin treatments, such as laser procedures, are often not recommended with patients with rosacea, as they require the application of heat, which can significantly exacerbate this inflammatory skin condition."