Summertime Tips to Combat Rosacea Flare-ups

About 16 million people have rosacea, according to data from the National Rosacea Society, and every year, many of these men and women deal with the frustrations of summertime flare-ups as soon as the weather starts to turn warm. No one knows for sure what causes rosacea, although it’s thought to be related to immune responses and a dysfunction of nerve and vascular responses in the skin. Other research suggests rosacea could be part of a larger inflammatory disorder or even related to your genes.

One thing that is known, however, is that the symptoms of rosacea — flushing, redness and breakouts of acne-like pimples — can become worse when exposed to certain triggers. Unfortunately, warm temperatures tend to bring on flare-ups for a lot of men and women who suffer from rosacea. If you’re one of those people for whom “fun in the sun” means an exacerbation of your rosacea symptoms, these tips might help.

Use sunscreen

This is good advice for everyone, regardless of whether they have a skin condition. But for men and women with rosacea, wearing sunscreen every day — even if it’s cloudy outside — is extremely important for controlling symptoms. Choose a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, and apply it throughout the day, especially if you’ve been swimming or sweating.

Dress appropriately

Sunscreen is one way to keep the sun’s UV rays from triggering a flare-up, but you should also try to prevent the sun from shining directly on your face as well. For that, a broad-brimmed hat can be very helpful. Although it won’t provide as much protection, a baseball-style cap is fine too (just don’t wear it backwards).

Keep your “insides” cool

Since rosacea involves your blood vessels, drinking plenty of cool beverages (water is ideal) can help you stay cool all over and minimize vessel dilation. Sucking on ice chips or a frozen popsicle are also good for cooling down your internal temps.

Know when to stay in

The sun’s heat and energy tend to be hottest between mid-morning and mid- to late-afternoon. If you can, try to stay indoors during those hours. It’s good for avoiding flare-ups, and it’s also good for limiting your exposure to potentially harmful UV rays that can increase your risks for sunburns and skin cancer.

Bask in a/c

On particularly hot days or during the hottest, sunniest hours of the day, try to stay indoors in a cool, air-conditioned setting. If you work out, make sure you do so in a gym or other setting that’s got plenty of air conditioning as well.

Avoid spicy foods

Summer is a time for barbecues, and that can mean lots of hot, spicy barbecue sauce. For many people, spicy foods can exacerbate symptoms, but even if spice doesn’t normally trigger a flare-up, it just might during the summertime, when you’re already dealing with excess heat. Eat spices in moderation, testing just a small amount to make sure you don’t have a reaction. Or opt for a burger or hot dog instead.

Pamper your skin

When washing your face, be sure the cleanser you use is super gentle, and after swimming, rinse your face in cool water to remove chemicals or salt. Use plenty of moisturizer to help keep your skin as healthy as possible and remember to always blot your skin dry; don’t rub it.

Get professional treatment

Rosacea is a chronic condition, which means if you have it, you're almost certainly going to be dealing with its symptoms for the rest of your life. While there's no cure for rosacea, it can be managed with lifestyle changes, knowing how to avoid exposure to triggers, and regular medical care. Oral medications and other treatments can significantly reduce your symptoms so you feel more confident about your appearance and your health. At Comprehensive Vein Treatment Center, we offer state-of-the-art treatments for rosacea, customizing each treatment plan on a patient-by-patient basis for the best results. To learn more about how we can help you manage your rosacea symptoms successfully, book an appointment online today.

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