Rosacea Triggers
Heat: Ways to Protect Your Skin

Beating the heat can be a year-round challenge for rosacea sufferers. Here are some strategies designed to help keep you cool:

  • Avoid steam, saunas, hot showers, and hot baths.

  • Control indoor temperatures. In winter, indoor heat can cause a flare-up. When possible set the thermostat to a temperature that does not trigger your rosacea. In the summer, retreat to air-conditioned places.

  • Ventilate stuffy areas with fans and open windows.

  • Dress in layers; if you start to overheat, you can easily remove a layer.

  • When the weather is warm, wear lightweight loose-fitting clothes.

  • On warm windy days, wear a light scarf and large-brimmed hat to protect your face.

  • Keep your moisturizers in the refrigerator.

  • A few minutes before bed, place your pillowcase in a dry plastic bag, put the bag in the freezer, and retrieve it just before you get into bed.

  • If you do become overheated or begin to flush, cool down quickly with one or more of the cool-down strategies listed on this page.


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  • Dissolve ice cubes in your mouth.

  • Drink cold water or a sports drink.

  • Keep a spray bottle of cool water close by and mist yourself as needed.

  • Drape an ice pack or cold towel around your neck.

  • Dab your face and neck with a cool cloth.

  • Carry a portable, battery-operated fan and extra batteries so you can cool down anywhere.

  • Wear sweatbands soaked in ice water.

  • Take a cool shower.



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