The festive holiday season is approaching and, although it is a time of joy and celebration, rosacea patients must be extra diligent in avoiding flare-ups during this time of year. Here are some tips for getting through the upcoming holidays and keeping rosacea at bay:
- Avoid stress. Stress is not only a leading rosacea trigger, but is often at an all-time high during this busy season. Taking good care of yourself -- getting plenty of rest, eating right, avoiding worry or over-committing yourself and maintaining a daily exercise routine -- can go a long way in controlling your condition. When a stressful situation occurs, remember to use deep breathing or other stress-reducing techniques.
- Protect yourself. Wind and cold weather affect many rosacea patients. Wear a hat and scarf that protect your face, and use a sunscreen if you're outdoors.
- Keep the kitchen cool. Indoor heat is a common rosacea trigger, especially if the holidays mean extended time cooking. Be sure the kitchen is well ventilated. Keep a cool, damp towel around to pat on your face, sip a cool drink or chew ice chips to avoid flushing. Take a break to a cooler room when possible.