Lifestyle and home remedies
In addition to getting treatment from your doctor, you play an active part in your treatment. One of the most important things you can do if you have rosacea is to minimize your exposure to anything that causes a flare-up. Because everyone is different, find out what factors affect you so that you can avoid them. Keeping a running list of your own flare-up triggers might help you identify the things that are a problem for you.
Here are other suggestions for preventing flare-ups:
Wear broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher to protect your face from the sun.
Protect your face in the winter with a scarf or ski mask.
Avoid irritating your facial skin by rubbing or touching it too much.
Wash problem areas with a gentle cleanser (Dove, Cetaphil).
Avoid facial products that contain alcohol or other skin irritants.
When using moisturizer and a topical medication, apply the moisturizer after the medication has dried.
Use products that are labeled noncomedogenic. These won't clog your oil and sweat gland openings (pores) as much.
If you wear makeup, consider using green- or yellow-tinted pre-foundation creams and powders, because they're designed to counter skin redness.
Avoid drinking alcohol.