Does cooler weather dry out your skin? The coming of winter may pose difficulties for individuals with rosacea due to dry air — not only outdoors, but also indoors because of heating systems. Dry skin can be a problem for rosacea patients because it can cause a defective moisture barrier in the facial skin, which can lead to water loss from the skin and contribute to irritation and inflammation.
Here are some steps to help prevent dry skin as the cold weather begins to take hold:
- Dermatologists recommend applying moisturizer regularly to help prevent the burning, stinging, itching and irritation associated with rosacea, and build a strong moisture barrier to help keep out irritants that may aggravate sensitive skin.
- If indoor heaters create a dry environment in your house, consider using a humidifier to keep the air moist.
- When spending time outdoors, even briefly, wear a scarf to help protect your face from the effects of harsh weather.
- For extra convenience try a moisturizer combined with a sunscreen, as sun protection is important for rosacea patients the year round.