Caring for Rosacea in the Winter
If you suffer from rosacea, you know that cold, dry months can cause a serious flare. We’re here to tell you that it doesn't have to be this way. We will let you in on some tips that help to keep rosacea flares at bay and protect your skin against the harsh winter!
First, how do you know if you have rosacea?
Rosacea is a skin condition that causes redness and often small, red, pus-filled bumps on the face, primarily on the cheeks. You may mistake this for acne, but it is much different. Treating it as acne may cause further irritation. Rosacea tends to flare up in extreme temperatures and conditions, such as the winter and being exposed to wind. Here are some tips to help protect your skin from the harsh weather.
1. Keep your Face Covered
When you have to go outside, make sure your face isn’t exposed to harsh temperatures and winds. Use a scarf to wrap around your neck and face to keep warm.
2. Wear SPF...even on cloudy days and inside, too!
It is especially important to remember SPF when suffering from rosacea, as UVB exposure could worsen symptoms. Sun exposure is the number one trigger for rosacea! SPF is crucial in protecting your skin from sun damage caused by UVB rays.. Even during winter months, when you may spend most days inside, it is recommended to still wear an SPF of at least 15 daily for continuous protection. When choosing a daily SPF, look for non-chemical sunscreens that are formulated without fragrances.
3. Invest in a Humidifier
Another aspect of winter that triggers rosacea is the low humidity levels and high heat indoors. Humidifiers are a good way to add moisture back into the air which soothes skin dryness, especially overnight.
4. Never Skip Moisturizer
Cleansing your face should always be followed by applying a good moisturizer. Since rosacea causes dryness, use a mild cleanser and moisturize with a non-comedogenic cream to soothe skin.
5. Let your Hot Drinks Cool Off
Rosacea flares can be triggered by spicy foods and hot beverages. Before you enjoy that caramel latte, give it a few minutes to cool off.
Being mindful about your skin as the weather changes and following these tips will allow you to embrace this season, and your skin!