Dermatologists’ Tips for Controlling Rosacea in Fall
relief for many people with rosacea. Cooler temperatures and reduced
humidity in areas across the United States mean less chance of
becoming overheated. Even in the fall, it is important to be wary of
rosacea triggers and to avoid your own personal triggers. These
dermatologists’ tips can help your skin feel better this autumn.
practice sun protection. While the days are getting shorter, sun
protection is still essential. A survey conducted by the
National Rosacea Society found that sun exposure was the most
common trigger among those surveyed.
Be sure to limit your exposure to the sun, wear sunglasses that
protect your eyes from both the UVA and UVB rays of the sun,
apply a broad-spectrum (offers UVA and UVB protection) sunscreen
with an SPF of 30 or higher every day, and wear protective
clothing, such as a wide-brimmed hat.
cool-down strategies. You can still become overheated when the
temperature drops. Activities such as raking leaves, baking a
pie, and exercising can cause you to overheat. Cool-down
strategies that can help keep a flare-up at bay in the fall are
listed on this page.
if your skin starts to feel dry. When the humidity drops, skin
can feel especially dry. A gentle moisturizer can help your skin
To avoid irritating your skin, look for a moisturizer that does
not contain alcohol, eucalyptus, fragrance, peppermint, or witch
hazel. According to a survey conducted by the National Rosacea
Society, these ingredients are more likely to aggravate rosacea.
If you use a topical rosacea medication, let this dry before
applying the moisturizer. If you cannot find a moisturizer that
does not irritate your skin, be sure to ask your dermatologist
getting too close to a burning fire or stove. The first fire of
the season can be alluring. Remember not to get too close as
getting overheated triggers rosacea for many.
thermostat low. A bit of heat on a chilly autumn night feels
great. To avoid becoming overheated, be sure to keep the
thermostat low — just enough to take the chill out of the air.
steam, saunas, hot showers, and hot baths. Staying cool helps
keep rosacea from flaring. Since steam, saunas, and hot water
all increase blood flow, these are best avoided.
layered clothing. This allows you to stay comfortable because
you can remove layers as needed to prevent overheating.
beverages and alcohol. Heated beverages, such as hot cider,
coffee, and tea trigger rosacea for many people. Drinking
alcohol also can trigger rosacea. If any of these trigger your
rosacea, be sure to limit your consumption or avoid the
beverages that cause your rosacea to flare.
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Dress in layers so that
you can remove a layer if you get warm.
Dissolve ice cubes in
Drink cold water or a
Keep a spray bottle of
cool water close by and mist yourself as needed.
Dab your face and neck
with a cool cloth.
Carry a portable,
battery-operated fan and extra batteries so you can
cool down anywhere.
Take a cool shower.