Winter is coming, and it’s time to expect the unexpected. Whether you reside in the frozen north or the milder south, the coming of winter may pose difficulties for those with rosacea, both outdoors and indoors. Here are some steps to help prevent flare-ups as the cold weather begins to take hold:
• Rosacea patients should apply moisturizer regularly to help prevent the burning, stinging, itching and irritation associated with rosacea, and build a strong moisture barrier to help keep out irritants that may aggravate sensitive skin. For extra convenience try a moisturizer combined with a sunscreen, as sun protection is important for rosacea patients all year round.
• If indoor heaters create a dry environment in your home, consider using a humidifier to keep the air moist.
• Minimize time outdoors. When spending time outdoors, even briefly, wear a scarf to help protect your face from the effects of harsh weather.
• Protect eyes from sun and wind with UV-protected glasses, sunglasses or goggles.
• Limit time in a hot kitchen: when possible prepare some meals ahead on a different day, and take a break in a cooler room when cooking large meals is under way.
Rosacea sufferers should also be sure to comply with the medical therapy prescribed for their individual cases, and patients may wish to track their triggers with the Rosacea Diary, including a checklist of the most common flare-up factors, available in the Patients section of the National Rosacea Society website at rosacea.org.