It’s summertime – and unlike the song, the living is not always easy for rosacea sufferers.
The season can be difficult for those with rosacea, as summer brings many of the triggers that can cause flare-ups. From too much sun, hot temperatures and high humidity levels, summer means those with rosacea need to pay more attention to their condition.
Dermatology Associates P.C., with locations in Norwood, Foxboro and Franklin, can help those who suffer from rosacea, no matter the season.
To help you enjoy the summer and make it a fun one, here are some tips from the National Rosacea Society:
- Be aware of triggers: Knowing the lifestyle and environmental conditions that can lead to rosacea flare-ups is key to keeping them under control.
- Stay Cool: If you begin to feel overheated, apply a cool compress to your face. This should help reduce redness and burning. Also, use a spray bottle of cool water to mist your neck and head. And flushing flare-ups can often be eased by chewing ice chips.
- Don’t be foolish in extreme heat: Remain inside in an air-conditioned environment on excessively hot and humid days.
This doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the great outdoors.
If you have outdoor work to do or enjoy sports such as tennis or golf, schedule these activities for early morning or evening hours, when temperatures fall to more tolerable levels.
- Apply sunscreen: Exposure to the sun is the most frequently cited culprit behind aggravated rosacea. Try to remain in shaded areas and wear hats that protect you from the sun’s rays. Experts recommend sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher.
- Don’t forget your medication: Remember to use your meds – as prescribed by your doctor. This approach can promote long-term remission of symptoms and discomfort.
Summer also means vacation for millions of Americans, and rosacea sufferers are no exception.
The National Rosacea Society recommends the following tips so you can enjoy your vacation to the fullest:
- Plan your trip with a strategy to keep rosacea at bay while you are vacationing.
- Make sure your prescriptions are filled and ready: Getting stuck far from home without your rosacea medication can cause skin problems and anxiety. Pack medications in carry-on luggage – just in case your luggage is lost or arrives after you reach your destination.
- Maintain your skin-care regimen: Don’t take a vacation from your skin-care routine just because you are on vacation. Stick with what works!
- Be aware of heat warnings: Because hot temperatures can make rosacea worse, plan your sightseeing trips and other vacation events for the cooler morning or late-day hours. In addition, keep your time in the sun to a minimum and wear sunscreen.
- Ask your waiter: Hot spices can trigger rosacea, so don’t be shy about asking your waiter about ingredients in various dishes when you eat out.
- Avoid stress: Vacation is supposed to ease stress, but anyone who has been on a family vacation can tell you that stress often comes along for the getaway! So don’t try to cram too much into the day. Schedule downtime to chill out and relax.
Don’t let rosacea ruin your summer or summer vacation. Contact Dermatology Associates to learn how we can help you enjoy the rest of your summer!