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Hints for avoiding rosacea flare-ups in cold weather

Winter can bring wind, snow, cold air, freezing temperatures, indoor heating, and rosacea flare-ups. Harsh outdoor weather coupled with overly warm indoor temperatures can wreak havoc with rosacea skin. Here are some tips to help control and minimize rosacea flare-ups.

  • Avoid the heat – Don’t stand near stoves or fireplaces and turn the thermostat down. Take tepid (not hot) baths or showers and avoid the sauna.
  • Protect your skin – Avoid exposure to the wind and cold temperatures, if you must go out, protect your face with a scarf and your eyes with sunglasses. In addition, always use moisturizer and sunscreen, preferably oil free and non-comedogenic.
  • Watch what you eat and drink – Heated beverages are popular in cold weather and they are a common trigger. Let foods and beverages cool down slightly before consuming.
  • Nurture yourself – Remember, triggers are not only external, health and stress are factors as well. Eat, rest, and exercise sensibly, making sure to leave some time for relaxation.
Essential winter skin care

As the temperatures have dropped, you have probably noticed the moisture level in your skin dropping too. Suddenly, your usual moisturizer just isn't working anymore. Cold air holds very little humidity and indoor heat can dry the air even further.

Because the humidity is so low in the wintertime, the moisture in your skin quickly evaporates. The hot showers or baths that feel so good in the wintertime can deplete the natural oils that help protect our skin's moisture. Some simple steps can help protect your skin.
  • Maintain a comfortable humidity level of 30 to 50 percent in your home using a humidifier.
  • Limit your shower time to 15 minutes, plus avoid taking very hot showers no matter how great they feel in frigid weather; warm showers are better and help to preserve natural lubrication.
  • Moisturize immediately after showering and every time you wash your hands.
  • Wear a broad spectrum, SPF 30, or higher, moisturizing sunscreen when you go outdoors.
With a little extra care, you can avoid the “winter itch” and your skin will love you.
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