Dealing with a chronic skin condition is a challenging experience during the winter. Rosacea is a skin condition that is characterised by skin redness or flushing in the face (sometimes known as red face). People dealing with this skin condition suffer the most during the cold seasons. The chilly and stormy winter weather worsens the symptoms by triggering flare-ups. According to the National Society of Rosacea, flushes, bumps, and pimples develop adversely during winter. With time, the blood vessels on the face become more prevalent and can even lead to thickening of the skin.
How Winter Worsens The Condition
Though the skin redness and irritation are experienced throughout the year, the flare-ups are extreme during the winter. The skin is easily exposed to cold winds outside and strong heat at home and buildings. These two factors exacerbate flare-ups leading to skin dryness and redness.
While there is no cure for the skin condition, there are a few ways to manage the adverse effects felt during winter. Below are some tips on how to manage rosacea symptoms during winter.
Stay Away From Hot Drinks
Sipping on warm drinks during winter is the most common way to beat the cold. However, people suffering from rosacea are advised to avoid warm drinks since they easily trigger a flush in your face, which is followed by multiple flare-ups. If you still have to sip on the warm drink, ensure that it’s not warm enough to make your body feel overheated. Dermatologists advise people to keep their drinks at a lukewarm temperature.
Avoid Keeping Too Warm
The freezing temperatures on the outside force everyone to put on heavy clothing to generate as much warmth as possible. The falling temperatures may even tempt you to sit too close to the fire or even turn up the heating system to maximum, which is a terrible idea for people dealing with rosacea. Also, set your shower to a moderate temperature, especially when you have come from the cold and straight to the bathroom. Your exposure to heat and warmth should be moderated as much as possible because warm temperatures cause increased blood flow, which triggers facial flushing.
You Can Always Wear A Scarf
Even when it’s not winter, wind is known as one of the biggest triggers. During winter, the wind can be extremely harsh, and exposing your face to wind irritates the blood vessels leading to facial flare-ups. However, wearing a scarf enables you to cover your face as much as you can. Also, try to limit the amount of time you spend outdoors if you notice the wind irritating your skin.
Keep Your Skin Moisturised
Keeping your skin dry increases your chances of irritation which could lead to flare-ups. However, the skin of people dealing with rosacea is sensitive to almost everything, so it’s advisable to apply a bland moisturiser – scents and ingredients used to make scented moisturiser can trigger skin irritation. The decreased humidity associated with winter temperatures increases skin dryness and triggers skin irritation, flushes, and finally flares. Keep away from scented lotion, and always shop for the plain and natural ones. Also, be sure to apply the lotion to your face gently.
Humidify and Stay Hydrated
A humidifier helps with irritated skin since it serves to replace the inadequate moisture in the air. If you can’t access a humidifier, drink lots of water to stay hydrated and reduce skin dryness. Having enough moisture around you and keeping your body hydrated enables one to avoid potential triggers and skin irritation.
In addition to medication for rosacea available from your doctor or dermatologist, the above tips are great for surviving the winter without rosacea flare-ups.