Indoor swimming is a healthy, enjoyable activity in winter. However, you may be concerned about rosacea and the effects of chlorine on your skin.
According to dermatologist Dr. Benjamin Barankin, “Some people with rosacea will find that chlorine is drying and irritating to their skin. That said, swimming is so very healthy for the body and soul.”
Dr. Barankin shares some quick tips to protect the skin when involved in swimming at indoor pools:
1. Moisturize the face with a thicker than usual cream prior to swimming, and then promptly cleanse the face and apply your regular moisturizer right after.
2. Be extra diligent with applying prescribed rosacea creams/gels following a swim.
And as a final note: “Certainly salt water pools would be better tolerated if available”, he adds.
Check here for more tips on Skin Care for rosacea-prone skin.
Dr. Benjamin Barankin is a Toronto dermatologist and spokesperson for the Acne and Rosacea Society of Canada. He is medical director at the Toronto Dermatology Centre.