Christmas is often referred to as the most wonderful time of the year. But is it one of the worst times for your skin?  
Santa Claus has endured years of rumours about a potential spiked eggnog habit being the reason for his rosy cheeks and ruby red nose. The most common whispers were how he was able to drive his sleigh all night and whether Mrs Claus knew. Santa had a feeling something was wrong, so he went to a specialist. It turns out, those cold, windy sleigh rides and Mrs Claus’ very hot chocolate may have been the cause of his redness because he was diagnosed with rosacea .

But Santa is not alone! Rosacea is a very common, yet under-diagnosed skin condition that affects approximately 415 million people worldwide. This skin condition is characterized by persistent flushing or redness on the central cheeks, nose, and forehead, as well as sensations such as burning and stinging. Specialists agree that lifestyle changes and identifying personal triggers are some of the best ways to manage symptoms, but Santa cannot simply quit his day job because of rosacea.

“In Santa’s case, I would definitely recommend a treatment that is gentle but still has high safety and efficacy. He deserves only the best.” – North Pole’s #1 Dermatologist, Dr. Elfsen  

So, he has decided to cut back on his (accurately) rumoured gingerbread habit and will opt for room temperature drinks to help reduce flare-ups. But, the constant temperature changes from riding in his sleigh to shimmying down warm chimneys is something he will have to continue. For the sake of Christmas, of course.  

Everyone’s skin is different, and no two cases are alike. That said, those who experience similar symptoms should follow in Santa’s footsteps and consult a specialist because proper diagnosis and treatment are two of the best ways to control your rosacea


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Wilkin, J., et al. Standard grading system for rosacea: report of the National Rosacea Society Expert Committee on the classification and staging of rosacea. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2004 Jun;50(6):907-12. 
Gether. L et al. Incidence and Prevalence of Rosacea: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Br. J. Dermatol 2018 [Epub ahead of print]
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