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How to Manage Rosacea During the Cold Months

After a long and hot summer season, the cooler temperatures are usually welcomed with open arms. However, people with rosacea particularly have a difficult time adjusting to the cooler weather since the flare-ups occur at different times. With all of the events and activities that go on during the fall and winter, a little planning and preparation can go a long way in avoiding flare-ups.

Brooks Bahr, MD is a widely-known and highly-regarded dermatologist with University of Utah Health Care and suggests that winter is one of the toughest seasons for people with rosacea. So if you haven’t considered laser therapy for rosacea before, this could be a great time to have a consultation and see if it’s right for you. These tips can help you manage rosacea during the next few months as the temperature outside plummets.

Plan Ahead To Reduce Stress

Everything from your kids being in school to after-school activities, event planning, work responsibilities and more can cause a great deal of stress. It’s widely known that stress is one of the most common triggers for rosacea. While stress is unavoidable in certain circumstances, try to be proactive this fall and winter and plan ahead to prevent unnecessary stress in your life.

Planning ahead could be something as simple as making lunch for your kids the night before school instead of in the morning. It could also mean taking a personal day off from work to prepare for an event you may be hosting, or if you’re getting ready to travel for a few days. Keeping your stress levels at bay can go a long way in controlling your rosacea flare-ups.

Don’t Consume Hot Drinks, As Difficult As It May Be

It’s not just your imagination if you believe your rosacea flares up after consuming hot drinks during the winter. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, hot drinks are some of the most common triggers for rosacea, among many others. A nice hot chocolate or warm tea is perfect on a cold day, but sometimes it’s simply not worth enjoying when you know the result will be a rosacea flare-up. You can still enjoy the soothing flavors of these beverages. Just be sure to let the temperature come down closer to room temperature before consuming so you don’t experience a rosacea breakout at an inopportune moment. If your rosacea acts up when you drink hot drinks, consider getting treated with the pro yellow laser for rosacea.

Cover Your Skin, But Not Too Much

What’s better than bundling up in multiple layers and sitting by a warm fire on a cold fall or winter night? It can be a therapeutic activity whether you’re doing it alone or in the company of family or friends. But if you are a rosacea-sufferer, you may experience a flare-up if your body gets too warm and cozy. Medical professionals who perform laser therapy for rosacea treatments indicate the warm temperature can irritate the skin enough to rapidly increase your blood flow, which in turn shows up as redness on the face and other areas. Dress as lightly as you can to stay comfortable and avoid hot showers or baths as much as possible.

Keep Your Skin Hydrated

Hydration is the number one thing medical professionals recommend maintaining during the cold months. Since it’s not hot outside and you may not be participating in strenuous activities, you probably won’t be getting thirsty as much. This doesn’t mean you don’t have to drink water as often, though. Not drinking enough water can cause skin dryness, which is already typically an issue with the dry winter air. Dry skin is a prime condition for a rosacea breakout.

If you’ve gotten or plan on getting a laser therapy treatment for rosacea, your medical professional likely told you to stay hydrated and even moisturize your skin before and after the procedure. When you moisturize, be sure to use a plain version without any scent and very few ingredients to reduce the risk of irritating the skin. The cold dry air can even enter your house, so consider placing humidifiers throughout the house to keep moisture in the air and potentially prevent skin dryness.

Benefits of Laser Therapy

There’s never a bad time to get laser therapy for rosacea, but the cold months are typically the most popular times to do so since you likely won’t be spending as much time outdoors in the weather elements. The QuadroStar Pro Yellow laser is widely regarded as the best on the market today, and only the most experienced professionals and medical facilities use it.

What you may not know about rosacea is it causes the skin to thicken and your blood vessels to swell. One of the purposes of the pro yellow laser for rosacea is to remove the excess skin and eliminate the swollen blood vessels, which in turn can reduce the severity of future rosacea flare-ups. Another great benefit of laser therapy is the major reduction in redness, usually between 50-75 percent, when a flare-up occurs. Multiple treatments may be required, but the benefits are worth it for most clients.

Skin Deep Laser Services uses the QuadroStar Pro Yellow laser in its facility to offer the best possible treatments to clients. You owe it to yourself to at least visit us for a consultation to determine whether laser therapy is a viable option for you. Our medical professionals will do a comprehensive evaluation and make personalized recommendations in your best interest. We are always ready and available to help you improve your skin, so contact us today to schedule your consultation.

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