Exercise and Rosacea

“I love exercising, but it seems that with Rosacea I can’t avoid flare-ups and keep fit at the same time. What should I do?”

Just because you have Rosacea, doesn’t mean you should stop having an active lifestyle. A few little adjustments to the way you keep fit can make all the difference when it comes to managing Rosacea.

Here is a little list of ways to minimize Rosacea flare-ups. We aren’t saying that you should try and follow all the points below, but where you feel you can accommodate a few of these tips, it certainly won’t do you any harm..

Train more often, for shorter periods – This is a tough one for exercise junkies. The severity of flushes can be dramatically reduced by shorting the length of exercise sessions.

Exercise when it’s a little cooler – Early in the morning, or late in the evening is best.  Try and avoid training when the weather is too hot and exercise in the shade when possible.

Don’t train as hard – Okay… If you are going to the Olympics in 2012 then this may not be an option, but just bare in mind, if you are known for pushing yourself to the max, then this may well be triggering flare-ups.

Try to keep cool when exercising – Whether it’s spraying your face with cool water, or keeping a damp towel around your neck when exercising, keeping cool makes all the difference when it comes to avoiding flushes during exercise.

Swim, swim, swim – If you want to keep cool when exercising, then there is nothing better than swimming. Its also low impact, so you are keeping fit and looking after your joints.

Wear Suncream – Exposure to sunlight can cause Rosacea to flare up. Apply suncream thirty minutes before exercising will help you protect your skin. Also try and choose a suncream that doesn’t irritate your skin.