If you are one of the millions of Americans who have rosacea, you and your doctor have probably spent a lot of time trying to identify things that trigger a flare-up. Some of these triggers are difficult to avoid, though, especially when it is a room in your own home—the kitchen. But, don't throw in the apron just yet! There are steps that you can take to reduce your chance of having a flare-up.

Unfortunately, the kitchen, which is usually the most popular place in the house, presents a lot of challenges for people with rosacea. When trying to pinpoint potential triggers in the kitchen, think of the environment, as well food and drinks. The National Rosacea Society offers these examples:

  • Being in a hot kitchen (eg, having the oven on for a long time, cooking over a hot stove)
  • Eating hot foods or drinking hot beverages
  • Eating or drinking caffeinated products
  • Eating spicy foods
  • Drinking alcohol (eg, red wine, beer, bourbon, gin, vodka, champagne)

In addition to spicy foods, you may have many other food triggers, such as:

  • Meats (eg, liver)
  • Diary products (eg, yogurt, sour cream, cheese)
  • Fruit (eg, oranges, bananas, plums, raisins)
  • Vegetables (eg, tomatoes, eggplant, avocado, spinach, pea pods)

If you feel unsure about what can lead to a flare-up, you may want to keep a rosacea diary. This involves keeping a daily log of the food and beverages that you consumed, as well as the activities that you did. This information can help you and your doctor pinpoint triggers. The National Rosacea Society's website provides a diary form that you can use.