How winter weather can affect rosacea

Posted on 11 Oct, 2011

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that typically appears after the age of thirty, and flare-ups can be caused by certain triggers.

The skin becomes particularly sensitive to certain environmental situations, and while everyone tends to have certain conditions that trigger their own flare-ups, there are triggers that are common.

As we go into winter, you will need to look after your skin, as strong winds and cold temperatures can aggravate the condition. An additional problem is created when the central heating comes on, and interior temperatures can be too high, thus making the situation even worse.

Blood vessels close to the surface of the skin become dilated, and the face appears flushed. Sometimes, the individual veins and capillaries can be seen on the skin, which some people can find unsightly.

Rosacea treatment can deal with flare-ups by rendering these troublesome blood vessels useless. The haemoglobin in the blood gives the red colour we associate with oxygenated blood. Luckily, it also absorbs the energy in the laser when the light is applied to the skin.

The blood begins to heat up until it reaches such a point where the cells of the vessel wall denature and collapse. Once the vessel can no longer hold any blood, problems with redness are removed, and your complexion can return to its normal state.