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    I can't work this one out. I need to get in shape, so I have brought a bike. I read somewhere that exercise is good for rosaceans as it helps the body detoxify. I have no idea if this is true!?

    So I go on a little bike ride and to be fair, it's windy, but I look in my trusty (but one day want to burn) pocket mirror and see I am RED! Red, red, red. When I finally get home I'm not as red as I looked out - better lighting conditions in the bathroom, but I'm still flushed.

    I plan to bike everyday and wonder if this constant flushing is going to worsen my condition. I did read (from the same source) that getting a bit red will happen to start, but over time the flushes will become less.

    So having just spent a small fortune on a bike (I know what your thinking, but just want to do the things my mates do) I am left feeling a little sad and confused... :/

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    Biking is a pretty hard thing for us rosaceans to do purely because of the wind factor. High speed winds give quite a bit of wind burn to even non rosaceans. Then if it's cold outside you'll also get a huge warm room flush when you come inside.

    As far as a fix goes..you could always wear a skii mask! Hah. That would look odd but is really the only thing you can do. Wind in your face is a natural part of bike riding and as such isn't something rosaceans will be able to do without getting red. It may get better over time though!

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    Rand is right about the face mask.
    I cycle long distances and in the beginning the wind burn was a challenge but I finally reached the right combo for me and in cooler windy weather I do wear a face mask made specifically for protecting your face from the wind. It is amazing and has allowed me to continue my long distance cycling in all sorts of weather. I am no longer self conscious about it at all as you see people in all sorts of get ups when cycling/running and no one even gives me a second glance. I highly recommend it. Enjoy your new bike!

    And remember, it is OK to be flushed a bit after physical activity!

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    Well, I recently bought a hometrainer.
    It allows me to exercise indoors so no bad weatherconditions (and people watching) there.
    Every 10 minutes I take a short break to let my heart (and head) calm down and drink some cool water.
    And I must admit I experience improvement! The more I exercise, the longer I'm able keeping my head cool (probably it has also something to do with an improving condition?) !
    I even perceive a little difference while biking outside now! Ofcourse there's always the weather we cannot do anything about...
    But, as Melissa says, it is not only rosacea-people looking red after physical activity, it's a symptom a lot of people are having!
    Good luck with your new bike!

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    Thank you for all your support and I'm glad you've found a routine that works for you!

    Just had my hoped dashed yesterday, but as you have all proved, where there is a will there is a way!!

    A question though, is an exercise flush not as bad as another trigger?

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    findingaway: I was doing P90X for about a month, and at the beginning I didn't know when to let my body take a break and I had a few severe flushes from that (mostly from cardio). I've stopped now that I'm doing the pulse test (exercise would be a confound in my experiment), but I do plan on picking it up again in the future. I've come up with a few ways to keep myself from flushing badly, but I always do seem to get at least somewhat redder no matter what. It IS frustrating, but I don't really think I'd be happier with an unhealthy body either...
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    Supplementing with raw food multivitamin, liquid zinc sulfate with copper, epsom salt baths (magnesium sulfate), calcium and vitamin C. Lots of water!

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    Quote Originally Posted by christine123 View Post
    findingaway: I was doing P90X for about a month, and at the beginning I didn't know when to let my body take a break and I had a few severe flushes from that (mostly from cardio). I've stopped now that I'm doing the pulse test (exercise would be a confound in my experiment), but I do plan on picking it up again in the future. I've come up with a few ways to keep myself from flushing badly, but I always do seem to get at least somewhat redder no matter what. It IS frustrating, but I don't really think I'd be happier with an unhealthy body either...
    Thanks Christine.

    I think I might have picked the hardest exercise NOT to badly flush too :/ very frustrating.

    I am half tempted to take the bike back, but I don't like to think it has 'beaten' me!

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    Exercise is great for your health, and I'll only stop doing it when I'm dead. Whether it can improve your rosacea is debatable. Maybe it does for some people, but I know that if I need to be 100% sure that I'm not flushy for some event, I stop all cardio for 3-4 days prior. And I do very little cardio - enough to get my heart rate up for 15-20 minutes 2-3 times/week, and I never get to the point where I flush while doing it. Still, even that has a negative effect on my rosacea if I'm not careful with diet.

    An exercise flush can be worse than other triggers if the flush is intense and long - like with cardio done in a warm gym with stagnant air. The effects of something like that can make you flushy for days afterward, and if you do it every day, you'll never see improvement.

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    Thanks for your input driven.

    I have now brought a half ski mask for not so pleasant days. My forehead doesn't get red, so I think this will do.

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    Very pleased. Since this routine if TTO and SBO, plus higher dose RLT, things have been better.

    No constant burning and less flushing. Even managed to go on a bike ride on a windy day without flaring.

    Let's hope it continues.

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