Rosacea Review - Newsletter of the National Rosacea SocietyRosacea Review - Newsletter of the National Rosacea Society

Q&A: Indoor Temperature & Dry, Flaky Skin

Q. Can indoor temperature affect my rosacea?

A. It is possible that indoor temperature could affect rosacea in certain cases, since anything that causes a sufferer to flush may have the potential to lead to a flare-up. Hot weather has been documented on surveys as a rosacea trigger for 53 percent of sufferers, and being "too warm" indoors can also induce flushing.

If you find yourself in a warm environment where you cannot turn the temperature down, try sipping on a cool drink or chewing on ice chips, which will help lower your facial temperature to help avoid flushing.


Q. Is it common for skin affected by rosacea to be dry and flaky? What can I do to reduce flakiness?

A. Yes, it has been estimated that approximately half of all rosacea sufferers experience dry skin. Moreover, rosacea usually appears after age 30, when facial skin naturally tends to be drier. To combat dry, flaky skin, use a moisturizer daily after cleansing and topical medication. You also may wish to check with your dermatologist to see which topical medication is best for your skin type, since some have a drying effect and others are more moisturizing.