The cold weather outside is not your friend, if you are one of the 16 million Americans with rosacea. Cold and gusty winds trigger rosacea flares, leading to red chapped cheeks, sensitive facial skin, and even bumps. On the other hand, those seeking shelter indoors also face equally troubling circumstances, as oveheated rooms and dry air can also prompt flares. Here are some tips for getting through the winter months with rosacea:
- Avoid wind by wearing a scarf or ski mask to cover your face.
- Avoid extremes of temperature by dressing in layers.
- Moisturize. When facial skin gets dry, rosacea sets it. Never underestimate the importance of proper moisturizing. Looks for products with glycerin, ceramides, and hyaluronic acid.
- Don’t forget that the sun is a major rosacea trigger! Wear a broad spectrum sunscreen year round. We like Skinmedica Total Defense and Repair and EltaMD Facial UV 46.
Rosacea is a chronic condition affecting approximately 16 million Americans. It is most common in women during their 30s, 40, and 50s, however both male and female patients of all ages can be affected. Although it is a chronic condition with no permanent cure, the truth is that there are many lifestyle modifications that can majorly help rosacea get better. In fact, the National Rosacea Society compiled a list of important dietary and lifestyle changes which we are posting here and hope you’ll find useful. You probably already knew that alcohol and spicy foods are culprits in some patients, but did you know that fermented foods, cheese, vanilla and chocolate are also potential culprits? Read on…
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