Coping With Rosacea During the Summer

Coping With Rosacea During the Summer

In 2016, the National Rosacea Society conducted a survey about common rosacea flare triggers and found that 81% of patients named sun exposure as a prime culprit. About 75% accused hot weather, too. Great.

Summer’s coming, and you already have to guard your skin against ultraviolet (UV) damage and potential skin cancer. What more do you have to do to protect it from rosacea flares?

The aesthetic professionals at Rejuvenate Weight Loss and Wellness in Jackson and Henderson, Tennessee, have a few tips to keep your sensitive, rosacea-prone skin clear and calm from here to fall. Luckily, many of the habits you need to adopt to ward off sun damage also apply to minimizing your risk for rosacea.

Wear sunscreen

The same sunscreen that bounces away UVA and UVB rays, or absorbs them before they can enter your skin, helps avoid a rosacea flare, too. Find a sunscreen that’s formulated for sensitive skin (baby products often work) and has an SPF of at least 30. Preferably, choose ingredients that are organic and non-comedogenic.

Put your sunscreen on any possible sun-exposed areas at least 15 minutes before you go outside. Carry the sunscreen with you so that you can re-apply every two hours, which is about the time it takes for its effectiveness to wear off. If you swim or sweat, you’ll need to re-apply directly after those activities, too.

Don’t forget that most windows don’t filter out UVA and UVB rays. Wear sunscreen if you have to drive or if you work or live near sunny windows. Finally, remember that clouds are reflective, so even if the day looks gray, it’s no excuse to skip the sunscreen.

Stay shady

You’ve always wanted a glamorous, wide-brimmed hat and Hollywood-style sunglasses. Now you have two excuses to indulge yourself in designer sun protection: Hats and sunglasses keep your skin and eyes safer from UVA and UVB rays, and they create enough shade to lower your risk for a rosacea flare, too.

If you’re at the beach, take or rent an umbrella. At a park, aim for shady trees. You can also carry a parasol (or just a light-colored rain umbrella) to bounce off the rays when they get too strong.

Be moderate

You may get hot outdoors and long for a nice, cool, air-conditioned interior. But blasting the AC on low temperatures can irritate your skin just as much as high temperatures can.

Instead, set your thermostat at around 70 degrees year round. That’ll keep your body comfortable and your skin, too.

If you’re outside and get overheated, cool down by spraying your face with cool water and looking for some shade. You can drape a cool, moist towel around your neck or apply it gently to your face, to lower your skin temperature quickly, but without irritation.

Resist the urge to guzzle ice-filled drinks. Any extreme temperature can set off an rosacea flare. If you’re overheated, try melting ice in your mouth (but don’t bite down on cubes or chips, or you could damage your teeth).

Time your outdoor time

Avoid being outdoors between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm when the sun is bright or the day is warm. Turn to the inside track at the gym, rather than running or power-walking in the full intensity of the sun. If you must exercise outdoors, limit your exertions to early in the morning or late in the afternoon, when the temperatures are more subdued.

Shield the wind

Wind is drying and can irritate your skin. Carry a silk scarf to protect your face if you get caught out on a blustery day.

Give yourself a break

It’s summer and vacation time, so you may forget to follow the tips or just have trouble scheduling your activities to accommodate your rosacea. But don’t stress out (that can cause a flare, too!)

When you have a flare, contact us for an Aerolase® LightPod Neo laser treatment, which reduces redness and visible blood vessels without drugs. Schedule a rosacea consultation online, or just call our friendly office team.

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