7 Tips to Ward Off Autumn Rosy Cheeks

Posted: 10/10/2016

autumn tipsMany rosacea sufferers know how important it is to avoid triggers and stick to a routine to reduce the risk of flare-ups of symptoms. However, a change in weather can bring special challenges. Here are some tips to help ensure that your fall is flare-up free. 
 
Layer clothing: As temperatures change and winds pick up, it’s a good idea to have sweaters and hooded jackets at the ready. We usually think of hot weather triggering rosacea symptoms, but cold weather and wind are also cited as triggers by many patients. Dressing in layers means you’ll be prepared no matter if the day is unseasonably warm or particularly chilly. 
 
Top things off with a hat: It might seem like sunburn isn’t a concern anymore, but you shouldn’t let your guard down. Continue to use a facial sunscreen and shade your face with a ball cap or brimmed hat if you’re going to be spending an extended period of time outside. For sunscreen, choose a gentle formulation with an SPF of 30 or higher that contains zinc or titanium dioxide and delivers both UVA and UVB protection.
 
Take breaks: If you’re spending a couple of hours outside, whether you’re cheering at a soccer game, picking apples or enjoying a picnic, think about taking a break to go inside every few hours. This will give you a chance to reapply sunscreen, grab extra clothing and check if you’re developing a sun or windburn.
 
Avoid hot drinks: Coffee, lattes, cider, cocoa and tea are everywhere, but beware: liquids heated to 140 degrees have been found by researchers to cause facial flushing. Wait for drinks to cool a bit, or stick to iced varieties to be safe.
 
Avoid hot spices: Chili cookoffs and tailgate parties offer up steaming, spicy soups and other dishes that might be very tempting on a brisk autumn day. However, it’s important to know your rosacea triggers. In a survey, almost half of rosacea patients said hot spicy foods cause their symptoms to flare up.  
 
Bring a scarf: Having a scarf handy is always a good idea. If it’s unexpectedly windy or cold, wrap the scarf around your neck and cheeks to protect your face from blustery irritation. How many ways can you tie a scarf
 
Take your medicine: Don’t forget your medicine. It’s important to keep using your medication in order to help maintain remission of symptoms.
 
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