Summer is here and the time is right for a barbecue! But be careful -- heat is a common trigger for rosacea flare-ups, and the hot sun and heat of the grill could be a double whammy for rosacea sufferers. Here are some tips on avoiding a red face with your red hots.
• Minimize exposure to the grill. If possible, hand over cooking duties to someone else; otherwise, spend as little time as possible working over the hot grill. Use a long handled spatula and tongs so you can stand farther back from the heat.
• Marinated meats on the grill are popular, but sometimes include ingredients that can affect some rosacea sufferers. Try seasoning meats with mild spices or by adding hickory or mesquite wood chips to your fire.
• To avoid flushing and overheating, chew on ice chips; cool your face with a spray bottle filled with water; or drape a cold, wet towel around your neck.
• Wear a broad-brimmed hat to shade yourself from the sun.
• Be sure to wear sunscreen. Look for non-chemical sunscreens that contain zinc or titanium dioxide and deliver UVA/UVB protection with an SPF of 15 or higher. A formula designed for sensitive skin can help reduce the possibility of irritation.
• Make sure you use rosacea medication prescribed by your doctor.
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