The winter weather can be beautiful and evoke holiday spirit all around. However, the drop in temperature and bitter chill in the air is not always well-received by your skin. Those living with rosacea, in particular, are prone to flushing and flare-ups during the winter months. This can create added stress during the bustling holiday season. Our experts at Dermatology & Skin Health have a few tips to share with you to prevent rosacea flare-ups during the windy winter months.
Let’s Talk About Rosacea
Rosacea is a common medical condition in the United States. Identified by its signature blushing/flushed look and small bumps similar to acne, this skin condition affects more than 3 million people every year. Rosacea is at its most active during the chilly winter months. However, don’t let that discourage you. If you are living with rosacea, we have provided four helpful tips to keep flare-ups at bay throughout winter.
Tip #1: It’s not just the chill in the air
Yes, it’s true. The extreme cold temperatures and chilly winds of winter cause flushing and flare-ups, however, so can a drastic heat increase like when you step into a warm house or spend all day in the kitchen cooking with a hot oven. So keep in mind that any drastic changes in temperature, especially that hit the face, can cause a flare-up.
Tip #2: Bundle up
Make sure to wear loose, warm layers to provide ventilation but also warmth. Similarly, make sure to cover your face and protect it from the winter weather. Using a scarf or ski mask are excellent ways to prevent flushing.
Tip #3: Moisturizing is key
We all know that moisturizing is the key to keeping your skin healthy, hydrated, and youthful. Moisturizing is a vital component to anti-aging regimens. Additionally, moisturizing regularly can also combat rosacea, keeping the skin hydrated during the chilly winter months when skin commonly becomes itchy, dry, and tight.
Tip #4: Let it cool, let it cool, let it cool!
We know there’s nothing that hits the spot and warms the soul like a nice, steamy cup of cocoa. However, that hot drink can flush the cheeks and trigger a rosacea flare up. Don’t worry! You can still enjoy your seasonal treat, just let it cool a bit before you sip.
Schedule an Appointment with Dermatology & Skin Health
If you need help managing your rosacea or would like to learn more about the skin condition, call our office at (603) 742-5556 to schedule an appointment with one of our providers.