As the weather turns to fall and winter, rosacea patients often face a different set of trigger factors that may exacerbate their individual conditions. Here are some tips on how to avoid rosacea triggers during the changing seasons.
Update Your Triggers List. Identify and avoid seasonal triggers by keeping a diary to match potential culprits and any flare-ups you may experience. The NRS provides a free “Rosacea Diary” booklet, and you can also use the Notes app on your smartphone to record triggers and flare-ups as they occur.
Wear Layered Clothing. Both cold weather and indoor heat are common rosacea tripwires. Dressing in layers will help you adjust to the changing temperatures during the course of a day.
Use Sunscreen. Sun exposure is a leading trigger for flare-ups and a major factor even in fall and winter. Be sure to use a gentle sunscreen formulation of at least 30 SPF that protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
Protect from the Wind. Wind often irritates rosacea skin, especially in cooler weather. Minimize time outdoors on brisk days. Wear a collared coat, and use a scarf to protect your face.
Slow Down for the Holidays. Stress is a leading trigger for a great many rosacea patients. Avoid overburdening yourself with too many activities. Relax and enjoy the holiday season.
Keep Up with Treatment. Be sure to continue your daily prescription therapy and skin-care routine to help maintain remission as well as control symptoms.