Dry skin, the result of Calgary’s cold weather during the winter months, can be a problem for rosacea sufferers. Indoor forced air heating and the drying effect of low temperatures and cold winds outdoors can be the culprits behind a flare-up. Studies also indicate aging is a factor in outbreaks of this skin condition.
How can I prevent rosacea flare-ups?
Attention to skin care can help control and management of this skin condition. Gentle twice-daily cleansing is crucial to remove bacterial build-up, cosmetics and excess oil. If skin is extremely dry, use a creamy, low-foaming non-soap, fragrance-free cleanser
After allowing skin to air dry, follow up with a topic medication, and allow it to dry before applying moisturizer or cosmetics to allow the medication to work.
When venturing outdoors, use a scarf to protect the face from the drying impact of wind and cold temperatures, but avoid wool as it can irritate skin and exacerbate the condition.
To minimize the effects of indoor temperatures, especially forced air heating, try to keep the thermostat as low as possible and use a humidifier often.
What is rosacea?
It’s a chronic, inflammatory skin condition mostly seen on the face. It causes facial redness and small red pus-filled pustules or bumps. It’s often mistaken for acne or eczema. If left untreated, it will worsen with time.