You would assume a global pandemic would help with your skin, given the fact quarantining has made us holed up in our homes makeup-free and pants-free, and less exposed to outside environmental factors. However, for many people suffering with eczema, this is unfortunately not the case.
So what’s the major factors contributing to this flare up?
Wearing a face mask has become mandatory for many places in the world as COVID-19 continues to spread. According to Dr. Gonzalez, a Miami-based, board-certified dermatologist at Riverchase Dermatology,"Because [rosacea] is a result of skin barrier dysfunction and hypersensitivity around the blood vessels in the face, wearing a mask can exacerbate the disease”. The friction, heat, and moist environment created underneath the mask has made it the perfect breeding ground for rosacea flare ups too.
The best way to reduce flare ups from face masks is to opt for breathable (yet effective) masks, look for lightweight fabrics, and always keep an extra mask with you in case it gets a little bit too humid.
A major contributing culprit of rosacea flare ups is the fact a pandemic hit us, and threw us off our usual routine. Many of us are struggling with this change, especially with social distancing; that has made us feel lonely, isolated and ultimately, stressed.
Learning to cope with this stress in a healthy way has become so important in not only improving our mental health, but reducing flare ups.
Some healthy ways you can reduce stress:
- Allocate some time every day to relax and take a break. This could be by reading, watching a tv show (get on that bridgeton bandwagon!), trying out a new recipe (did you hear about that viral pasta recipe on TikTok?) or listening to a podcast.
- Try and make it a goal to reduce your social media usage by disconnecting from your phone, tv, and laptop screens after a certain time. You won’t believe how good you’ll feel from spending less time scrolling through feeds.
- Practice self care. Eat healthy meals, try and get plenty of sleep, lay off the wine (or stick to one glass a day!), and try and fit in some exercise. To prevent a flare up during your workout, do short spurts of workouts rather than a lengthy workout session, workout in the morning or afternoon when the sun isn’t at its peak, and stay hydrated by keeping a water bottle with you.
- Connect with others! While social distancing measures might make things difficult, FaceTime is your friend. Your friends and family may be dealing with mental health issues as well, so make sure to check in with your loved ones so they feel less lonely or isolated.
Being too cold or too hot are both factors in flare ups. We know it can get really hot in Australia at the moment, and you’ll be tempted to sit in a chilly air conditioned room. However, not only does this rack up your electricity bill, it can also contribute to a flare up as it can dry up and irritate the skin.
On the other hand, it’s important to protect your skin with a good sunscreen every. single. day. Not just on days where you’re going to the beach, or going for a hike. Even if you’re at home, make it a daily habit to apply sunscreen. Also, make sure this sunscreen is suitable for rosacea prone skin - such asGrahams Natural’s SPF 40 SunClear Sunscreen.
So What Else Can I Do For My Rosacea?
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