Winter is here. There are no qualms about it. For those who suffer from rosacea, winter can be a really hard time. In fact, for some people rosacea only appears in the winter and not during summer. For those in Milwaukee or anywhere in Wisconsin we know that the winter winds and cold weather are the common triggers, but unless we all become snow birds and move south, there really isn’t anything that can be done about it…or is there?
There are lots of things you can do to help your rosacea triggers in the winter; the most important is protecting your face. When you are outside, make sure a scarf or a ski mask keeps the cold from hitting your face. The cold air takes out moisture instantly and leaves your skin extremely dry – which, in turn, flares up the rosacea.
Just as the cold air can cause flare-ups, so can too much heat. Layer up! Wearing loose-layered clothing helps you avoid over heating. Also, reducing your indoor heating can also help. Keeping your indoor heat too warm or sitting near a fireplace can irritate your skin.
When you take a shower it’s easy to want to stay under the warm water for a long time. This is one of the worst things you can do: the heat from the water opens up the blood vessels and causes flare-ups. Take shorter showers in warm – not hot – water and pat your skin dry to try and keep some moisture in.
If all of this becomes unbearable and too hard to do, we have another great solution. The Cosmetic Laser Center offers treatments using Pulsed Dye Laser (IPL). IPL are highly effective in treating the symptoms of rosacea. We use the Candela V Beam Perfecta, which produces light that absorbs the blood vessels and capillaries. This, in turn, causes them to coagulate to the blood that can no longer move through the vessels. The body then breaks down the vessels and removes them in about 6 weeks.
The Cosmetic Laser Center performs IPL for rosacea in Milwaukee, Madison WI, Green Bay, and all over Wisconsin. During physician-conducted studies, it has been noted that after one IPL treatment patients have experienced significant improvement and redness has decreased between 40%-60% after two treatments. Treatments last about 30 minutes.
It’s time to stop suffering from your rosacea. Call one of our 9 Wisconsin locations today for a complimentary consultation!