If you suffer from rosacea, you may have noticed that your condition gets noticeably worse during the winter months. Flushing, pimples, itchiness, and other common symptoms of rosacea can become very uncomfortable and unpleasant when temperatures drop and can put a serious dent in your confidence.
If your rosacea becomes difficult to control during winter, you should visit a dermatology clinic as soon as possible. Dermatologists can assess your condition, help you determine your winter rosacea triggers, and provide treatments and medications that will help keep your skin as clear and healthy as possible.
Why Does Rosacea Get Worse During Winter?
Rosacea flares are triggered by a number of different environmental factors, and every rosacea sufferer has a different set of triggers. Unfortunately, cold winter weather brings with it several of the most common flare triggers, which is why so many rosacea sufferers notice a worsening of symptoms at this time of year.
Exposure to dry air is a common rosacea trigger, and dry air is especially common during the winter months. When temperatures fall too close to or below freezing, the air loses most of its humidity, both indoors and outdoors.
Many people also suffer rosacea flares when their faces are exposed to hot water. It can be very tempting to take a hot shower or bath to warm up, but doing so may trigger a rosacea flare. Hot drinks can cause similar problems (especially ones containing caffeine) and should be avoided as much as possible if they trigger your rosacea.
Many people stop wearing sunscreen during winter, but this can be a big mistake if you have rosacea. Unprotected exposure to UV light is a common rosacea trigger. Although sunlight is not as intense during winter, it can still trigger a flare, even during cloudy weather.
How Can Your Dermatologist Help Control Your Rosacea During Winter?
You can take some basic steps to minimize your rosacea symptoms during the winter months. Moisturizing regularly can prevent triggering skin dryness and soothe irritation. A humidifier for your home can be a wise investment and will prevent the air inside of your home from getting too dry. Protecting your face with a scarf or mask when you go outdoors is also a good idea.
However, if you are still suffering from frequent rosacea flares, you should visit your dermatologist for professional treatment. It is worth visiting your dermatologist even if you already receive prescription treatments, as your treatment may need to be modified to account for specific winter triggers.
Dermatologists can provide a range of treatments that will help to control your winter flares. Prescription face creams and gels can be very useful — these treatments keep your face moisturized and protected, but they also contain active medications (such as metronidazole and ivermectin) which can rapidly alleviate your symptoms.
If your flares are becoming severe during winter, your dermatologist may also provide you with oral medications, including antibiotics. These must be taken daily and can provide long-lasting relief from rosacea flares.
If winter rosacea flares have left you with any permanent redness or visible spider veins, your dermatologist can perform cosmetic treatments to minimize their appearance. Laser treatments can be especially effective.
For more information, contact a dermatologist near you.