Winter is here, which means Christmas is now around the corner and for most, the Christmas parties and get-togethers are already underway.
Unfortunately, some find that the cold weather, bitter winds, increased food consumption, increased alcohol consumption and the temptation to reach for the central heating thermostat can mean that rosacea and facial redness seem to return with a vengeance. The last thing you want when you’re around your loved ones on Christmas day is a nose as red as Rudolph’s…
There are ways to enjoy all that Christmas brings and not be left out because you have to refuse foods, drinks and even invitations.
Here are some of the possible triggers to watch out for over the Christmas season:
Going from the freezing outdoors to the warmer indoors can be bliss, especially if you’re faced with freezing temperatures. For rosacea sufferers, however, it’s not so rosy, well actually it is but in an uncomfortable way... It’s likely that the change in temperature can trigger a facial flush and exacerbate rosacea symptoms. Although warm houses can be hard to avoid (particularly when visiting friends and family), at home, you may want to consider turning the central heating down a couple of notches and trade it for a woolly jumper and a thick blanket to try and reduce the possible symptoms. This will be good for your energy bills too. There is another way and that’s to make your skin more resistant to temperature changes, more on that below…
Alcohol and Food Triggers
The festive season typically comes with parties and drinks, it’s all great fun! But besides the sore head the following day, this is not without its downsides. The majority of rosacea sufferers report alcohol - especially red wine - to be one of the key triggers resulting in a blush. There are numerous foods associated with triggering a rosacea episode, to name a few… chocolates, citrus fruits, dairy products such as yoghurt and cheese, some vegetables including aubergines, avocados, spinach, some types of beans, even soy sauce and the list goes on. However, it is true that some of the food triggers affect some people more than others. Therefore, we would advise creating a food diary. Do this by writing down the foods you’ve eaten and when you’ve eaten them, write down when you have a flushing episode so you can further refine what foods to avoid. Or if you cannot resist them and Christmas is the one time you want to indulge and share, then do you just say "what the hell” and go for it? Or do you want to be able to resist the reddening episode?
Spicy foods, mince pies, all sorts of yummy things, all trigger a nerve impulse stimulated in the stomach wall to zoom from your tummy to your facial area, where this triggers the release of tiny molecules in the skin, then triggering a flush or a burning and stinging sensation. The best way is to make your skin resistant to the effect of these tiny nerve stimulated molecules. How? Read on.
Bitterly Cold Winds
Not only are the bitterly cold winds freezing cold, they can also be very dry too. This can cause your skin to increase in sensitivity, cause dry skin and also cause sore and red skin (erythema). This isn’t just true for rosacea sufferers but also for those with particularly dry and sensitive skin. This makes your skin more reactive. Depleted skin lipid levels mean that the skins sensory nerves are more exposed to triggers like winter sun and wind. Now is the time to increase your skins tolerance to these triggers by thickening up and boosting your skin lipid levels. At the same time, we can mop up the chemicals which cause the inflammation and flushing so, if the reddening events are reduced in frequency and even if they’re triggered they are shorter and quickly dissipate. How? You’re almost there.
What Actually Happens in the Skin?
When you’re faced with a trigger such as temperature changes or a nervous response such as spicy foods, alcohol, embarrassing moments or even hormonal flushes, the skin responds with the release of chemicals in the facial area which triggers a rosacea episode. So it’s natural to assume that avoiding the preliminary trigger can fend off the rosacea flush.
What about the Times Where You Can't Help It and What If You Don't Want To?
More often than not, you’re not going to be able to help it. If you have your calendar full up until the New Year and beyond, then you’re going to be visiting warm houses, eating food around the table, opening Christmas presents and sipping red wine… In short, nightmare!
Give yourself the best chance of preventing rosacea breakouts this Christmas by increasing your tolerance to rosacea triggers. Rosacure is a medically licensed product and contains patented ingredients to increase tolerance levels, as well as reduce existing rosacea symptoms such as redness and pustules. So when you're around the especially warm dinner table this Christmas, your skin is less likely to go red when you’re eating a spicy chilli, sipping your red wine or an embarrassing topic comes up.
Rosacure works in over 80% of patients, so we can guarantee the results. If after finishing the products (12 weeks) you’ve found that you’ve had no luck, we will be happy to provide you with a full refund, this is completely hassle free. All that we ask is that you send what's left of your products back to us with a letter saying who you are and why you’re sending them back, and the money will be back with you shortly after.
Order now to get control of your skin before Christmas. It takes some weeks to get significant control, but redness reduction can happen in days. Rosacure is available here, on the online shop. If you would like more information, call us on 0333 247 247 4 or pop up on our online chat in the bottom right of this screen, where one of our expert skin advisors will be able to give you more information.
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