21 Mar What to Do About Springtime Rosacea Flare-ups
Everything is coming up roses when spring is in the air, but for rosacea patients, it can be a dreaded season. Rosacea shows up as facial redness that can be caused by a number of factors. Drug interactions, adult-onset acne, alcohol, and allergic reactions are all common causes (or exacerbators) of rosacea. In the spring months, many allergy sufferers are the first to become aware of the changing seasons, and that includes rosacea patients.
Allergies and Rosacea
Allergies can cause a rosacea outbreak, and spring brings a spike in allergies and hay fever due to pollen. Understandably, this also causes an increase in rosacea. Any changing of the season can cause a rosacea flare-up, but spring is often the most challenging. More wind, sun, and outdoor activity can all be a factor. Prevent rosacea flare-ups by knowing and avoiding triggers. The National Rosacea Society offers a complimentary Rosacea Diary booklet so patients can pinpoint their rosacea triggers.
Sun and Rosacea Flare-Ups
Some patients experience rosacea when exposed to the sun. Avoiding UV rays with a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen 30+ SPF lets patients enjoy the longer, warmer days without risking a rosacea outbreak. A pediatric sunscreen can be helpful for those with sensitive skin. Avoid being outdoors on excessively windy or cold days, or cover the face with a scarf for extra protection.
Spring colds aren’t quite as common as autumn or winter outbreaks, but they do occur. Bear in mind that both colds and allergies can exacerbate rosacea. All rosacea preventative measures pair best with regularly seeing a dermatologist for rosacea treatment. There is no cure for rosacea, but there are lifestyle changes and best practices that can help minimize outbreaks and severity.
Treatment for Rosacea
Patients struggling with controlling their rosacea have a myriad of options available. Trial and error may be required, as well as working with a reputable dermatological team. A medication that may have worked for years can seem to stop suddenly. As a person ages, their body and skin changes. Methods for treating rosacea also need to evolve. Prepare for spring now and schedule an appointment with Spectrum Dermatology to ensure a season of controlled rosacea.