Even though most rosacea sufferers think the flare-ups appear out of nowhere, especially in the most inappropriate times, dermatologists have a different opinion. Granted, they still can’t tell us what causes this irritating condition and are yet to discover the remedy for it. Nonetheless, the flare-ups can be kept under control if you pay attention to signals your body sends you.
The rosacea flare ups can be triggered by various reasons from eating a spicy meal at a Mexican restaurant to stressful situations. The following guide will present some tricks to prevent flare ups that appear due to seasonal triggers.
Keeping rosacea at bay during winter
While flare ups are more frequent in the summer, rosacea will manifest in all kinds of extreme weather. In other words, the harsh cold winds and the low temperatures of winter are also common triggers of rosacea flare-ups.
However, it is necessary to mention the fact that the most common means of warming up (hot showers, saunas, steams, sitting near a fireplace, etc) are not a viable solution and will usually make matters worse.In addition, people suffering from rosacea should be careful about the indoors heating system they use and refrain from warming up the home too much.
In fact, it is highly advisable to reduce the indoor heating and get a device with a thermostat to ensure the temperature remains stable. The same goes for the times when you are in the car: to prevent a flare up make sure that heat does not blow warm air directly on your face. If you need to get warm, then I suggest dressing in layers so you can take down a piece of clothing whenever you get too hot.
When you go outside, you need to protect your face from the wind and low temperature with a ski mask or a scarf. On the other hand, it is best to avoid face protection equipment that feels rough on your face, as that can cause irritations and can trigger a flare up.
How to keep the flare ups under control during autumn
Even though most rosacea patients view fall as a relief from their irritating condition, that does not mean they are completely off the hook. Keep in mind that you still have your own personal triggers to stay clear off. In addition, various activities common during autumn (raking leaves, baking, exercising, etc.) can cause overheating and lead to a flare up.
At the beginning of fall, your worst enemy is wind. Consequentially, you should make sure that you keep your skin moisturized and irritation free. In regards to the type of moisturizer you should use, rosacea patients often report irritations and flare ups due to products containing alcohol, peppermint, various flagrances, eucalyptus or witch hazel. In order to be safe, I recommend discussing this issue further with your dermatologist.
Late fall, when the temperatures tend to drop significantly, you should be careful about the methods you use to get warm and limit the consumption of hot beverages and alcohol to a minimum. To put it simply, when the temperatures start to drop under 10 degrees Celsius, dress in layers in order to get warm and avoid hot baths, showers or sitting near a fireplace or stove.
Prevent rosacea from ruining your summer and springIf you’re a rosacea sufferer then you probably can’t wait for the summer to be over, especially since statistics have confirmed heat and high temperatures among your worst nemeses.
However, this does not mean you should lock yourself inside the house during summer. In fact, many rosacea patients have reported that high SPF solutions – preferably 30 or more – that provide both UVA and UVB protection and contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are highly efficient.
OK, that takes care of sun exposure. But what can you do about the heat? I’m not going to lie, beating the heat is a struggle that you will have to face all year long. While it is not going to always be efficient without the medication prescribed by your dermatologist, you should consider carrying a spray bottle of cold water and apply it on your face when necessary. In addition, you should install an AC system or at least sit in well-ventilated rooms and have a constant supply of ice cubes, which you can melt in your mouth or envelop in scarf or place around your neck.