Tips for a Joyful Spring Without the Flare-ups

Posted on: By: nrs-admin

Spring has sprung -- and so have many people's cases of rosacea. Many rosacea patients report that changing seasons are hard on their condition, and spring can often be the most challenging. It's the season when your rosacea may be aggravated by increased sun, wind exposure, temperature changes and outdoor activity -- all common triggers for flare-ups that are more pervasive this time of year.

Here are some tips to help you enjoy the spring without the flare-ups:

  • Know and avoid your rosacea triggers. The National Rosacea Society has produced a "Rosacea Diary" booklet to help you identify your personal rosacea triggers.

  • If your rosacea is extremely sensitive to the sun, wear a large-brimmed hat to shield your face. Always wear a sunscreen rated SPF 30 or higher that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. If sunscreen irritates your skin, try a pediatric formulation or one for sensitive skin.

  • Limit exposure to wind and colder days. When spending more time outside, avoid those 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.

  • Comply with medical therapy. Remember to use your medication as prescribed by your doctor. This will go a long way toward helping protect against potential flare-ups.