If you’ve nailed down your basic skincare routine featuring a gentle cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen…
The winter season transforms the world into a glistening wonderland with softly falling snow and a festive feel that warms the soul. However, the winter season also brings along icy winds, chilly temperatures, and dry air that instigates skin flushing and triggers rosacea flare-ups.
Dealing with skin issues, like rosacea or eczema, in the winter can be a challenge. Not to mention, the constant redness and physical symptoms of rosacea can often be embarrassing and troublesome for those who have this chronic inflammatory condition.
Our experts at the Center for Surgical Dermatology have put together a few tips to help you better manage and calm rosacea flare-ups during the winter and chillier months.
Expert Tips for Calming Rosacea Flare-Ups in the Winter
Manage Stress Levels
Stress is a common trigger for not only rosacea but other skin conditions, like psoriasis and eczema. The colder months and holiday season can bring on a wave of stress, further inflaming rosacea symptoms.
It’s essential to find effective stress management techniques and relaxation strategies, such as meditation or reading a good book, to help keep stress levels low and rosacea flare-ups at bay.
Keep it Cool
Blazing indoor fires, hot drinks, steamy baths, shoveling the driveway, and even a hot kitchen after baking yummy cookies can overheat the body and aggravate rosacea symptoms.
Make sure to take breaks to cool down and give your steaming drinks a minute to cool off before diving in. Even a little surge of heat can be a trigger for people with rosacea!
Avoid Certain Foods to Reduce Rosacea Flare-Ups
Did you know several foods trigger rosacea flare-ups — especially in the winter when symptoms are already aggravated? Try to avoid the foods listed below to reduce the chances of a troublesome flare-up:
- Spicy Foods
- Hot Beverages
Add Moisture to the Air
Dry air — inside and outside — will often exacerbate rosacea symptoms and flare-ups. Make sure to keep the air inside your home and in your workspace moisturized with a humidifier. Not only does this help calm the skin, but moisturizing is also an essential skincare step to keeping your skin healthy, hydrated, and youthful!
Protect Your Skin
Keeping your skin shielded from the chilly temperatures and icy winds is crucial to reducing inflammation and redness. Bundle up in light layers that simultaneously allow your skin to breathe but also keep it protected.
Additionally, don’t forget to cover your face! Use a thick scarf or ski mask to prevent flushing and drying.
Know Your Triggers
It’s essential to know and respect your triggers! Finding out what sets off your rosacea flare-ups and avoiding those triggering factors can help keep your rosacea in check during the winter months.
If you aren’t sure what your rosacea triggers are, try keeping a journal where you can track what types of winter activities, foods, or factors seem to be related to your symptom flares.
Follow Your Doctor’s Recommendations
If you find your rosacea symptoms and flare-ups getting worse with every winter season, it may be time to visit a doctor for a professional treatment plan and recommendations. At the Center for Surgical Dermatology, our board-certified dermatologists are here to help you find an effective rosacea treatment plan to make sure to stay happy and comfortable during the winter!
Additionally, at our offices, we offer several prescription topical treatments to help mitigate symptoms of eczema! Take a look at our skincare brands here. For a more thorough evaluation, schedule an appointment today.
Center for Surgical Dermatology is ready to help you achieve healthy, beautiful skin! If you’d like to visit with a dermatologist to develop your perfect skincare routine or need help addressing eczema, call (614) 847-4100 to schedule an appointment.