This summer, as things get hot and your skin starts to feel it, you might be worried about your rosacea coping with the weather. Learn how to protect your already difficult skin from the worst that summer can throw at you and manage your rosacea symptoms at the same time.
If you’re new to rosacea, and that’s not all that uncommon for adults, you may be looking for a few answers about your skin condition. Rosacea is a fairly common, chronic condition that causes redness on the face, most notable on the nose and cheeks or the center of the face. The redness is caused by broken or damaged blood vessels just beneath the surface of the skin. Rosacea begins with a tendency to flush or blush easily. People may go red in the face as blood flows when the body’s nervous system responds to psychological stimuli. Commonly, this happens during embarrassing or angry moments.
Eventually, rosacea can develop more complex systems, and this is especially true if it’s left untreated. Rosacea-impacted skin is more prone to dryness, sensitivity, and a burning or stinging sensation. Other forms of rosacea can lead to acne-like breakouts of red bumps on the skin, which are painful and unsightly. The dryness associated with rosacea can form plaques, which are patches of scaly skin, and can even cause skin to thicken on or around the nose. While this skin thickening is rare, it can drastically change the surface of your face by enlarging pores and creating more oil, which also results in acne.
So now that we’ve got rosacea loosely defined, it’s time to explore what summer can do to your skin. Rosacea is a condition characterized in part by its flare ups, which are times where the skin breaks out in rosacea symptoms. There can be many triggers for a flare up, but summer weather and other activities in the heat can be a huge trigger for many people. More than half of rosacea sufferers report summer being the worst season for their condition. This doesn’t have to be true for you, but you do need to make some big adjustments this year to get the best out of your summer without worsening your rosacea.
Sun exposure of any kind can exacerbate rosacea symptoms, so take sun safe precautions this summer and keep your cool. Wear sunscreen at all times, and make sure the sunscreen itself doesn’t contain triggering ingredients. Opt for sunscreens designed for sensitive skin and avoid making the solution another problem! Find shade whenever you can, and wear a hat to protect your face and provide it with shade. The ultraviolet radiation in the sun can do far worse than trigger a flare up as well, so it should be a daily part of your routine with rosacea or without.
The heat of summer itself is a major trigger for rosacea, so keep cool however you can. It may be hard to balance lightweight clothing that also provides good skin coverage in the summer, but the solution for many with rosacea is clothing with a UPF. These fabrics provide protection from ultraviolet radiation, but usually provide good coverage and are light and breathable. This keeps you from getting too warm while still protecting your skin from other rosacea triggers. Exercise at the coolest points of the day, or stay inside or at the gym when you work out. If you’ve got a good indoor routine for staying cool while exercising in the winter, try to stick to it during the summer. If you’re indoors, even when not engaging in intense physical activity, stick to well-ventilated areas with air conditioning. Window air conditioners are more and more affordable and lightweight each year and can keep rooms or small apartments cool on their own. Use fans to circulate cool air when possible, and stay hydrated. Drinking water and hydrating your skin with it periodically can also help keep your skin cooler and free of flare ups.
Summer doesn’t have to make your life with rosacea any more difficult than any other season. If you need more tips, tricks, or treatments for rosacea this summer, call the professionals at Northeast Dermatology Associates today.
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