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    Default Caffeine. I've heard mixed reviews about applying and ingesting

    Hello,

    I've heard that caffeine can be a trigger if ingested. But I've also heard that it can be a useful anti-oxidant when applied to the skin: "If possible, choose a sunscreen which contains a significant concentration of at least two antioxidants. Known effective topical antioxidants for rosacea are polyphenolic grape seed extracts, catechin green tea extracts, caffeine and ferulic acid." (http://www.rosacea-sunscreens.net/index.html)

    Can somebody shed some light on the issue?

    Thank you!
    Russell

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    Default Caffeine

    Hi Guys,

    Not sure what the protocol about bumping on these forums is, but I'm very curious about the caffeine bit, I love my iced coffee!

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    Sorry for the triple post, but this question was driving me crazy with all the conflicting theories. Some say caffeine is good, others say it is bad. The NRS answered the question well I think and I wanted to post it here:

    "Q. Does caffeine in coffee or tea cause rosacea flare-ups?

    A. While many once believed caffeine was a common rosacea trigger, a study found that it is instead the high temperature of heated beverages that causes immediate facial flushing.1 The study found that at room temperature (72 degrees) neither caffeine nor coffee led to flushing reactions. However, drinking either hot coffee or hot water, each heated to 140 degrees, caused facial flushing of similar types and intensity.

    It may be possible that in some cases caffeine might contribute to emotional stress, which has been reported to be a leading rosacea tripwire for many patients."

    Link: http://www.rosacea.org/rr/2003/spring/qa.php

    Hope this helps, let me know if you guys have any more thoughts on the subject.

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