Dealing with Rosacea in Winter

A good friend of mine has always been plagued by dry, red skin when the cold weather hits and has recently been diagnosed with Rosacea.  This is apparently a common but poorly understood disorder of the facial skin that is estimated to affect a large proportion of people, although most know little or nothing about it.  The red-faced, sometimes acne-like appearance of rosacea can cause significant embarrassment for sufferers, affecting the confidence and social life if left untreated.

In fact, in one survey more than 76% of Rosacea sufferers said their condition had lowered their self-confidence and self-esteem, whilst 41% said that it had directly caused them to avoid public contact or cancel a social engagement.  Shocking statistics.

Although the condition cannot be cured, it can be controlled to a certain extent by home treatment, and there are fantastic products, such as Covermark, around to cover up the condition on not so good days.

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, you should seek assistance from your GP, who should refer you to a dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment, before the symptoms worsen:

  • Redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead.
  • Small visible blood vessels on the face.
  • Bumps or pimples on the face.
  • Watery or irritated eyes.

Cold, windy weather can worsen dry skin for all of us, but for Rosacea sufferers it is even worse.  Careful skin care can help all of us, and products such as the Acquamax Face Cream from Covermark can be particularly beneficial for Rosacea sufferers like my friend.

Gentle cleansing is also important, in order to remove the bacteria and debris that build up during the day.  For very dry skin, a creamy, low-foaming non-soap, fragrance-free cleanser is ideal, as these types of formulas often leave behind a thin film that helps skin retain moisture.  You should then allow the skincare to air dry, rather than rubbing with a potentially harsh towel.  After the application of any topical treatment supplied by your dermatologist, moisturiser and make-up can be used as required, without any adverse effect on the medical therapy.

Covering the face with a cotton scarf to protect from the harsh, drying effects of the wind and cold weather can also be beneficial, but remember to wash it regularly as this too can harbour unwelcome debris and bacteria.  Coversely, wool scarves may serve to aggravate the condition.

Indoor temperatures can also be problematic, particularly with the drying effects of central heating, so turning the temperature down and investing in a humidifier, or just placing a saucer of water under your radiator can help.

Covermark products are ideal for Rosacea sufferers and can be used to both treat and cover up the symptoms of the condition.  A wide range of Covermark moisturisers and other skin products, as well as camouflage make-up including foundations and powders, is available online from Pharmacy at Hand.