Many physicians report that spring is "rosacea season" because the effects of changing weather bring so many rosacea patients into their offices. Here are tips for minimizing the impact of seasonal changes on your condition:
- Comply with medical therapy. Remember to use your medication as prescribed by your doctor. This will go a long way to help protect from potential flare-ups.
- Protect your face from the sun. Minimize direct sun exposure and wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face. Always wear a sunscreen rated SPF 15 or higher that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. If sunscreen irritates your skin, try a pediatric formulation.
- Limit exposure to wind and colder days. When spending more time outdoors, avoid days that turn cold and windy. If you must go outdoors, cover your face with a scarf.
- Take care of spring allergies or colds. Patient surveys have found that allergies, colds and fever cause flare-ups in many rosacea patients. Seek medical attention when appropriate.
- Know and avoid your rosacea triggers. Spring is the season to be especially vigilant about staying away from environmental and lifestyle factors that can aggravate your individual case. The National Rosacea Society has produced a "Rosacea Diary" booklet to help you identify your personal rosacea triggers.
By taking extra steps to minimize the potential for flare-ups, you can help make spring a time of renewal rather than regret.