Winter is harsh on everyone’s skin, but imagine if you had to face the worst winter has to offer while also battling rosacea. We understand how difficult it is and how having rosacea during winter can truly affect your winter festivities and overall enjoyment. These simple tips and tricks can help you successfully handle winter rosacea.
If you’ve been dealing with rosacea for years then we are sure you know all about the condition. For those who are new to it, rosacea is a common skin condition that causes redness and visible blood vessels in your face. Rosacea can also present itself as tiny red bumps usually filled with pus and other substances. Given its appearance, rosacea is often ignored and mistaken for simple breakouts, acne, or just unclean skin. However, the symptoms of rosacea make it hard to deny. Facial redness, swollen and dry eyes, red pus-filled bumps, development of thick, swollen skin around the nose are all symptoms of rosacea.
Because of these symptoms, cool winter temperatures, wind, and other factors can enhance rosacea’s effects. Even though rosacea can be an uncomfortable condition to deal with, there are a few ways to battle it this winter.
Luckily, rosacea isn’t a serious skin or health condition, so you can easily lessen the severity of symptoms by making a few lifestyle changes and truly caring for yourself.
Apply a thick moisturizer that will lock in moisture and keep the skin from drying out and becoming itchy. The itchiness can lead to a flare-up. Be sure to apply daily, before and after showers, before going out, and after a workout.
Sunblock isn’t just for summer. As long as it’s daytime, the sun emits UV rays that can have a negative effect on those with rosacea. Apply sunblock fifteen minutes before going out regardless of weather or cloud coverage.
Rosacea flare ups may be triggered by the clothes you wear, the food you eat, and the emotions you experience. Take notes of flare ups and their possible triggers, and try to avoid them.
It may be hard to sweat in the winter, but if you bundle up too much, you can sweat and irritate your skin. Stay warm, but not too warm.
Bringing humidity to the air will effortlessly moisturize your skin, reducing the chances of a flare up.
Protect your sensitive skin from the bitter cold by wearing scarves to cover your face. This can keep the cold wind from harming your skin and causing a flare up.
Beyond self-care, you can take certain medications to manage rosacea from the inside out.
If your rosacea flare up is the result of a bacteria infection, antibiotics can help clear that up. This includes bacteria that create acne that will exacerbate your rosacea. Consult your dermatologist before adding any medications to your daily life.
Many creams can help reduce the symptoms of rosacea from the redness to the itching. These topical creams can also kill the microorganisms responsible for flare ups.
If you want a more targeted treatment, you may want to opt for a dermatology treatment. It can help by focusing on treating the skin itself.
Laser Therapy can help reduce the size of the enlarged blood vessels present in rosacea and can also resurface the skin to reduce the appearance of redness. With ablative laser treatment, the laser can also be used to remove the thick layers of skin around the nose commonly caused by rosacea and further smooth out the skin.
To see if any of these tips and treatments are right for you, speak with a licensed dermatologist.