Autumnal Rosy Glow? 7 Tips to Ward off Rosacea Flare Ups

Autumnal Rosy Glow? 7 Tips to Ward off Rosacea Flare Ups

Many rosacea sufferers know how important it is to avoid triggers and stick to a routine to reduce the risk of rosacea flare ups due to the displeasing symptoms they cause. However, a change in weather can bring special challenges. Here are some tips to help ensure that your winter is flare-up free.

Start things off with a hat

It might seem like sunburn isn’t a concern anymore, but you shouldn’t let your guard down. Continue to use a facial sunscreen and shade your face with a ball cap or brimmed hat if you’re going to be spending an extended period of time outside. For sunscreen, choose a gentle formulation with an SPF of 30 or higher that contains zinc or titanium dioxide. But most importantly also delivers both UVA and UVB protection.

Layer clothing

As temperatures change and winds pick up, it’s a good idea to have jumpers and hooded jackets at the ready. We usually think of hot weather triggering rosacea symptoms, but cold weather and wind are also cited as triggers by many patients. Dressing in layers means you’ll be prepared no matter if the day is unseasonably warm or particularly chilly.

Avoid hot drinks

Coffee, lattes, cider, cocoa and tea are everywhere, but beware: liquids heated to 140 degrees have been found to cause facial flushing. Wait for drinks to cool a bit, or stick to iced varieties to avoid rosacea flare ups.

Take breaks

If you’re spending a couple of hours outside, whether you’re cheering at a football game, going ice skating or enjoying a scenic walk, think about taking a break to go inside every few hours. This will give you a chance to reapply sunscreen, grab extra clothing and check if you’re developing a sun or windburn.

Avoid hot spices

Chilli cook-offs and tailgate parties offer up steaming, spicy soups and other dishes that might be very tempting on a brisk autumn day. However, it’s important to know your rosacea triggers. In a survey, almost half of rosacea patients said hot spicy foods caused their symptoms to flare up.

Bring a scarf

Having a scarf handy is always a good idea. If it’s unexpectedly windy or cold, wrap the scarf around your neck and cheeks to protect your face from blustery irritation.

If you make these changes to your routine then it can make a difference to your skin, however we still recommend visiting a skin specialist at your nearest Accredited Treatment Centre.

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