Rosacea is a medical condition that affects the skin by causing redness and sensitivity on the face. It sometimes presents with small pus-filled bumps and can be very uncomfortable. There are many triggers of the flare-ups, including extreme weather and dryness in the air.
A person suffering from this condition may experience and present with:
- Facial redness on the nose and cheeks together with visible swelling of blood vessels.
- Small pus-filled pimples that look like acne, causing the skin to feel hot and tender.
- Ocular rosacea, which is dryness and irritation of the eyes together with swollen eyelids. This condition often happens before the skin irritation.
- An enlarged nose, the result of the gradual thickening of the skin on the nose, which mainly occurs in men.
Treatment In Winter
Rosacea has no known cure, but you can manage it by following a treatment plan as directed by your dermatologist. Rosacea symptoms are more common in the winter, but they can be controlled by:
#1. Using Gentle Skin Care Products
Skin products that contain color, alcohol, fragrance, and other harsh ingredients will irritate the skin. They should be avoided not only during winter but throughout the year. Ensure you check the ingredients of the product before buying it. You may also ask your dermatologist to guide you on what products to use for your skin type.
#2. Protecting Your Skin
Protect your skin from harsh weather elements by wearing a hat and scarf when heading outdoors. A pair of sunglasses will shield the eyes, which are also sensitive to the elements. It is also important to apply sunblock to protect your skin from harmful UV sun rays.
#3. Prescription Medicines
Flare-ups may cause breaking of the skin and expose you to infections. Your dermatologist can prescribe some antibiotics to treat any infection that may have occurred. They may also prescribe topical medicinal creams to help soothe the affected areas and constrict the enlarged blood vessels. Always ensure you follow the treatment plan as directed for the best results.
#4. Keep Your Skin Moisturized
Dry skin caused by the decreased humidity from the low temperatures in winter will cause irritation and eventually a flare-up. Always keep your skin moisturized but ensure that the product has no fragrance or added colors as these ingredients will irritate the skin.
#5. Re-hydrate And Humidify
You can replace the moisture in the air by using a humidifier in your house. Also, drink lots of water to re-hydrate yourself and try to replace your soda, juice, coffee, and even wine with plain water. Water will help keep your skin moisturized from the inside, reducing irritation. Drinks that are carbonated and contain caffeine tend to dry the skin.
#6. Take Luke Warm Drinks
Avoid consuming hot drinks as they tend to heat you up, causing you to flush red on your face. This flushing will trigger a flare-up, so instead, stick to drinks that are at a tepid temperature.
#7. Avoid Spicy Foods
Very spicy food (specifically capsaicin), though tasty, should be avoided as it warms you, causing flushing on your face and triggering a flare-up. Instead, choose milder options for seasoning your food.
#8. Go Easy On The Exercises
While it is essential to stay active, especially during winter, avoid aggressive exercises. They will heat your body and trigger a flare-up. You can opt for walking and swimming activities that won’t cause you to sweat as much.
#9. Regulate Your Heating
You may be tempted to turn up the heat inside the home or move closer to the fire to counter the freezing temperatures outside, but this will only irritate your skin. It would also be best if you showered in moderately heated water to avoid exacerbating your symptoms.
#10. Stay Balanced
Winter can cause your stress levels to increase, which in turn brings about flare-ups. Therefore, it is important to stay emotionally balanced by participating in activities that you enjoy and keep you calm. Listen to enjoyable music, meditate or even practice yoga to help you cope.
In summary, you can enjoy a relatively comfortable life once you learn how to manage your rosacea and limit the occurrence of symptoms.