Ways to Weather Winter

Posted: 01/18/2011

For many parts of the country winter means strong winds and colder temperatures, both of which can wreak havoc on the sensitive skin of rosacea patients. Even those who live in more moderate climates need to be prepared for sudden weather changes that can bring on a flare-up. Here are some tips to help you through the season:

  • Cover your face. Minimize your exposure to cold and wind, and use a scarf to protect your face when you go outdoors. Even in the winter, don’t forget to use a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher, and moisturizer may be used to protect against dryness.
  • Dial down indoor heat. Too much indoor heat can cause a flare-up, especially if you are near a stove or fireplace for any length of time. Be sure to adjust your thermostat and indoor humidifier as the weather changes. Hot baths and saunas are also a trigger for some.
  • Take care of fevers and colds. Patient surveys have found that colds and fever cause flare-ups in many rosacea patients. Seek medical attention when appropriate.
  • Avoid your food triggers. A dinner out might be the cure for your cabin fever, but be careful trying new dishes that may trigger a flare-up. Hot spices, alcohol and heated beverages are common rosacea triggers.
  • Follow doctor’s orders. Be sure to use your medication as prescribed by your doctor. In both clinical studies and patient surveys, long-term use of medical therapy has consistently been found key to maintaining remission and avoiding flare-ups.

By taking extra steps to minimize the potential for flare-ups, you can help make winter a wonderful -- rather than a worrisome -- time.

See the Rosacea Triggers section and the Rosacea Diary for more help in identifying and managing your individual triggers.

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