Rosacea Triggers

Dr. Lisa Fay at Cosmetic Doctor sees many patients who suffer from Rosacea, and who find the associated redness and blotchiness distressing and hard to control. Pale Celtic skin seems to be particularly prone to the condition.

The clinic at Cosmetic Doctor offers a number of treatments that help control rosacea flare-ups, including laser treatment; Intense Pulse Light (IPL) and medication, as well as a number of soothing topical treatments.

Rosacea sufferers can help to control their flare-ups by being aware of the common triggers associated with foods, activities, temperatures and emotions.

Food and Drink

  • Alcohol
  • Spicy foods
  • Hot drinks
  • Hot foods (in temperature)


  • Exercise or heavy exertion
  • Hot baths or saunas


  • Hot weather
  • Cold weather
  • Humid weather
  • Wind
  • Sunlight
  • Stress or anxiety
  • Sudden change in emotion, like feeling embarrassed or bursting out laughing
Medical conditions
  • Menopause
  • Chronic cough
  • Caffeine withdrawal syndrome
Other rosacea triggers
  • Skin products
  • Medications, such as topical steroids, some blood pressure drugs, and some opiate painkillers

To help establish the causes that affect you, try keeping a diary for a few weeks to document flare-ups.

The triggers and responses vary from person to person, but to find discover the best treatment for you, book a specific Rosacea consultation at Cosmetic Doctor by calling 01 685 3100.