Many rosacea sufferers struggle with their condition during the hot summer months. But the cold and wind of the New England winter can also cause rosacea flare-ups.
At Rhode Island’s SeaMist MedSpa in South Kingstown, we offer a variety of treatments and products that can help rosacea sufferers. While there is no cure for rosacea, you can take action to reduce painful and unattractive symptoms.
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The National Rosacea Society reports that the winter months carry weather conditions that can make your rosacea symptoms worse. But you can take precautions.
Society officials point out that no matter where you live, whether it be sunny southern California or the colder New England region, those who have rosacea should be aware of their condition, and take steps to manage it.
Winter brings skiing, shoveling snow and other outdoor activities that can trigger rosacea flare-ups.
One National Rosacea Society study of rosacea sufferers and the effects of winter found that exposure to wind was the number one cause of rosacea problems of those who took part in the survey.
Nearly 90 percent of all survey respondents said wind played a part in their rosacea acting up. Cold weather impacted 72 percent of those surveyed.
Staying out of the cold and wind is a good idea to help keep rosacea in check, but even the indoors can pose threats. High indoor heat aggravated the rosacea of 63 percent of survey respondents, even in mild or moderate climates.
And as rosacea sufferers know, stress is a common trigger for their condition to worsen. While the holidays are a great time of year, it is stress-filled for many people.
In the society’s survey, 59 percent of rosacea sufferers said that holiday stress made their condition worse, no matter what climate they lived in.
Here are some tips from the society for minimizing winter’s effect on your rosacea symptoms:
- Reduce the time you spend outside in cold, windy or snowy weather. Remember to wear a scarf or ski mask to keep your face protected from the winter wind.
- Remember to wear layered and loose clothing. This helps protect you from cold outdoor temperatures and indoor heat.
- Use sunscreen throughout the year: Exposure to the sun is the number one rosacea trigger, and it can affect your face even during the winter months, whether you are on the job or on a winter vacation.
- Try to avoid holiday-related stress: It’s easier said than done, but remember to pace yourself during the hectic holiday season.
- Take breaks to cool off when you are baking or cooking.
- Reduce your intake of hot beverages and alcohol.
- Don’t forget to take your prescribed rosacea medication.
The society’s survey found that of those people who took steps to modify their winter behaviors, 93 percent reported that this helped reduce rosacea flare-ups.
Don’t let rosacea ruin your holidays and your ability to enjoy the winter. Contact SeaMist MedSpa to learn how we can help.
And Happy Holidays!