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4 Common Winter Skin Conditions



The Problem: Ruddy nose and cheeks make you feel a bit like Mrs. Claus.

The Diagnosis: Rosacea causes small blood vessels to swell and become more visible, giving the face a red glow. In addition, pimply bumps resembling adult acne often appear on the nose and cheeks, says Robert Brodell, M.D., associate clinical professor of dermatology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. You're more susceptible to rosacea if it runs in your family or if you have light skin, blue eyes and blond hair.

Winterproofing: The inflammation of rosacea can be treated with prescription topical antibiotic or retinoid creams, oral antibiotics and laser therapies. When heading outdoors, be sure to protect your face with a soft scarf. Also watch what you eat and drink. "Spicy foods, alcohol and hot beverages increase blood flow to the skin's surface, making you appear redder," says Linda Stein Gold, M.D., head of dermatology research at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Green- or yellow-tinted foundations can help conceal the unwanted redness.