Out with Summer, in with Fall...But Not the Rosacea

Posted on: 10/07/2014

In our most recent patient survey of 852 respondents, nearly 90 percent said their rosacea was affected by the changing of the seasons. Now that temperatures are starting to drop and the first few leaves have begun to fall, revisit easy ways to help keep rosacea flare-ups at bay in colder, windy weather.

Shield your face:  Wind tends to be one of the greatest hazards for rosacea patients during fall and winter. Keep a scarf in your car or tote bag to protect your face from unexpected blustery weather when you are away from home. 

Protect your skin: Even indirect sun exposure can cause issues for rosacea patients. Continue with the sunscreen regimen that you used during the summer. Discontinue any new skin care products or cosmetics you try if you notice an increase in symptoms, as they may contain irritating ingredients.

Watch the heat: It’s pumpkin spice latte time, but beware: liquids heated to 140 degrees have been found by researchers to cause facial flushing. Let hot drinks, including coffee, cool down before enjoying them.

Continue your medical therapy: If your rosacea has been under control for a period of time, it may be tempting to think you can stop your medical therapy. Unless directed otherwise by your doctor, be sure to comply with your therapy and a gentle skin care regimen even without visible signs and symptoms in order to maintain remission.