The holidays should be a time of joy and celebration, but avoiding flare-ups during this festive time of year may be a particular challenge for rosacea sufferers. Not only do social, family and financial pressures create stress, but the colder climate and holiday eating can impact your rosacea. Here are some tips to keep flare-ups to a minimum:
First and foremost, take care of yourself to avoid emotional stress. Stress is most commonly identified by rosacea sufferers as their number one tripwire for flare-ups. Eat right, get plenty of rest, avoid worry and maintain your exercise routine. Try deep breathing and other stress prevention techniques.
If you know what factors trigger your rosacea flare-ups, continue to faithfully avoid them. Enjoy the holiday parties, but limit your intake of alcohol or spicy foods if they affect your rosacea. Also watch out for hot chocolate, cider, coffee, tea and other heated drinks, since many rosacea sufferers report flare-ups from thermally hot beverages.
Cold weather and wind can cause flare-ups for more than one-third of rosacea sufferers. Wear a hat and scarf that protect your face. You also may find it particularly important to use a moisturizer during the cold, dry months.
Finally, keep kitchens cool and well ventilated to avoid becoming overheated when you have hours of holiday cooking to do. Sip a cool drink. Keep a cool, damp towel around to pat your face, and take a break to a cooler room when you can.
Set your own pace and be sure to include some time to pamper yourself. As always, diligently comply with the medical regimen prescribed for your rosacea.