Rosacea Review - Newsletter of the National Rosacea SocietyRosacea Review - Newsletter of the National Rosacea Society

Tips for Coping with the Holidays

Regular routines often fly out the window when juggling the demands of a busy holiday season, but making time for yourself might be just what you need to ward off a rosacea flare-up. Here are some tips to help you navigate the weeks ahead:

•  Follow your prescribed medical therapy.  The stress of trying to do too much could lead to an outbreak, so it is more important than ever to use your rosacea medication.

•  Take care of your skin.  With colder, windier weather approaching, don’t let your regular skin-care routine slide. Also, be sure to protect your face with a scarf when you have to venture outdoors on blustery days.

•  Choose carefully.  It can be hard to decline a party invitation or a holiday concert, but a jam-packed schedule can work against other healthful habits: getting plenty of rest, eating right and maintaining a daily exercise routine.

•  Keep the kitchen cool.  Holiday cooking and preparations can quickly heat up the kitchen, which may trigger a rosacea flare-up. Crack a window or the back door while the oven is on, keep a damp towel nearby to pat your face and take a break to a cooler part of the house when you can.

Watch what you eat and drink.  Alcohol and buffets of tempting dishes are abundant at many holiday venues, but be sure to avoid items that affect your condition.  Common rosacea triggers include red wine, heated beverages and spicy foods.