As the temperature begins to drop and we come into our colder calendar months, Rosacea flare-ups are very cumbersome because of many deciding factors from physical, to social, to environmental, especially during the months of climate changes and holiday parties. Rosacea is a common, chronic inflammatory condition, and for those who are affected by it, it’s a daily frustration. So, among the shifts of the weather, and party hosts serving tempting holiday trigger foods, we thought it was the perfect time to share some of our expert tips to keep Rosacea triggers in check this season.
1. Avoid The Spice: Steer clear of spicy foods that lead to flare-ups with ingredients such as red pepper, cayenne pepper, and paprika. Holiday season is a plethora of party foods galore, watch the spice and make healthy choices that cause triggers.
2. Monitor The Alcohol: It’s the season of red wine and holiday parties. Choose a chilled white wine over a warm red wine; warmer beverages tend to be a common trigger. Monitor what alcohol can cause you a flare up so that you may reduce intake or eliminate it all together.
3. Keep Up With The SPF: The weather may be turning, but that doesn’t mean to stop applying the sunscreen, especially when varying climate changes trigger flare-ups. Be consistent with using a good SPF 15 or higher, and moisturize daily to protect your skin against dryness.
4. Be Gentle On Your Skin: Choose calming, skin sensitive skin care products. Chamomile and Aloe Vera have great soothing ingredients for sensitive skin. Avoid harsh products that contain alcohol, peppermint oil or witch hazel.
5. Keep Calm, Stress Less: Keeping your anxiety and stress level low will allow your mental state of mind not to trigger the physical reactions. Meditation, stress management, and a proper amount of sleep are key to coping with Rosacea.
6. Follow Your Doctor’s Orders: Topical gels, such as Mirvaso, are your greatest aid in handling this cumbersome skin condition. FDA approved, doctor prescribed skin routines are a necessity in coping with the triggers of Rosacea.
Dr. Roz’s Note: At Wilmington Dermatology Center, we are thrilled to announce the FDA approval of the topical gel Mirvaso. Mirvaso’s astounding results in aiding patients suffering from Rosacea “Other rosacea medications don’t do a great job of treating the redness and this is going to be a welcome addition,” said Rosalyn George, M.D
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