Don’t let Rosacea Control your Winter!

The winter season can be a daunting time for those with the skin condition rosacea. The winter months’ cold weather or heat filled homes often worsen rosacea symptoms. However, there are ways to avoid rosacea flare-ups during the winter time.

Rosacea is a condition in which certain facial blood vessels enlarge causing the cheeks and nose to become flushed and red bumps to appear. A person is more likely to have rosacea if it runs in their family or they have light skin, blue eyes and blond hair.

In a survey by the Nation Rosacea Society, it was reported that 683 rosacea sufferers find wind to be the most common season factor to upset their rosacea. The cold weather affected 72 percent of the respondents. On the contrary, high indoor heat was also a big factor in rosacea flare-ups. Lastly, holiday stress was reported to affect rosacea sufferers’ symptoms, regardless of the weather outside or the indoor heat.

To avoid bad flare-ups, it is recommended to be mindful of the clothes worn in the low temperatures. A scarf can be used to protect your face from the harsh wind. Clothing should also be loose and layered in order to accommodate for both cold temperatures outside and indoor heat.

Sun exposure is one of the most common causes of rosacea symptoms; therefore sunscreen should be used year round, including the winter time.

Also, if you suffer from rosacea, make note of the consumption of heated beverages, alcohol and spicy foods. These foods and beverages can cause symptoms to worsen. It is suggested to use an ice cube to lower the temperature of hot beverages or food.

If you have been diagnosed with rosacea continue to use the medication consistently, as prescribed by your doctor. If you believe you have rosacea and may benefit from medicine to reduce symptoms visit a local dermatologist, such as Lawrence Jaeger, today.

Source: National Rosacea Association, Family Circle