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Winter Skincare Tips for Rosacea and Eczema

Winter Skincare Tips for Rosacea and Eczema

Written by Dr. Lubitz
Women taking selfie in winter

Living with chronic skin conditions like rosacea and eczema can be tricky to manage during the cold winter months. It doesn’t help with Alberta temperature swings, cold, dry air and warming up in hot ski chalets – the mix of extreme temperatures can make anyone with these skin conditions run for the hills.

The cause of these conditions is unknown. Rosacea often shows up as redness or flushing in the face, and eczema as flaky patches of skin. But if you suffer from either condition, there’s hope; they can be effectively calmed and reduced with the right types of skin care.

How Winter Affect Rosacea and Eczema

Although rosacea is typically experienced year-round with additional flare-ups in winter, eczema is often experienced only in the fall and winter. This is due to the drying effects of the seasons. Cold winds on exposed skin can aggravate these conditions. The strong heat inside can cause dryness of the skin and aggravate symptoms for sufferers of both skin conditions.

Winter Skin Care Tips for Rosacea and Eczema:

  • Use sunscreen. Year-round.
  • Wear layers of clothing. For some people, overheating of their bodies can worsen rosacea.
  • Use scarves or a ski mask to protect your face from the cold weather. This is especially important on windy days as the wind is extremely drying on your skin.
  • Allow your beverages to cool down a little before drinking them.
  • Lower the temperature of showers and baths.
  • Take breaks from the kitchen. The heat in the kitchen can make rosacea symptoms flare.
  • Use a humidifier.

Try Fifth Element MD – Soothing Mask MD. This cooling gel mask soothes rosacea-prone skin, and skin that has been stimulated by exfoliation or laser treatments. It also calms skin after it has been stressed by environmental conditions.

If you feel that you may be dealing with eczema, rosacea, or excessively dry skin, please feel free to schedule an appointment with us. We would be very happy to assist you and your skin survive the tough winter conditions.

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