Rosacea Triggers
Exercise: Keeping Fit While Minimizing Flare-ups

Exercising without experiencing a flare-up can be particularly challenging. A survey conducted by the National Rosacea Society revealed that heavy exercise triggered a flare-up in 56% of the respondents. Here are some ways to minimize flare-ups while exercising.

  • Try to exercise where it is cool.

  • Make sure you are cool before you begin. If not, cool down with one or more of the cool-down strategies listed on this page.

  • Take breaks as needed to cool down. A skater found that breaking every 15 minutes to cool down kept her flare-ups at bay.

  • Lower the intensity. Lower intensity exercise still gives you the benefits of exercise.

  • Increase the frequency. Instead of exercising for 45 minutes, exercise for three 15-minute sessions.

  • Try aqua aerobics.

  • Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Sun exposure can cause rosacea to flare. Applying a sunscreen 20 minutes before heading outdoors helps to protect the skin, provided the product does not contain ingredients that irritate the skin.

People with rosacea often find that a sunscreen is well-tolerated when it offers UVA and UVB protection and contains titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. A sunscreen that contains silicone also can help protect the skin and minimize stinging and redness. On the list of ingredients, silicone may be called dimethicone or cyclomethicone.

  • When exercising outdoors during warm weather, use these tactics:

    • Exercise in the early morning or late evening when it is cooler.

    • Avoid hot asphalt.

    • If the sun is out, opt for shaded trails.

  • When exercising indoors, make sure the room is well ventilated and not too warm or stuffy.


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  • Dissolve ice cubes in your mouth.

  • Drink cold water or a sports drink.

  • Keep a spray bottle of cool water close by and mist yourself as needed.

  • Drape an ice pack or cold towel around your neck.

  • Dab your face and neck with a cool cloth.

  • Carry a portable, battery-operated fan and extra batteries so you can cool down anywhere.

  • Wear sweatbands soaked in ice water.

  • Take a cool shower.



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