Does rosacea worsen or improve at menopause?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
This is a hot topic (pun intended). Rosacea is a skin condition that causes facial redness and acne on the cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead. It is aggravated by temperature extremes, particularly heat from just about any source: hot food, hot peppers, hot beverages, hot weather, or hot flashes. That’s where menopause comes in. Many menopausal women experience hot flashes. You know the temperature surges that come and go when they please, leaving you to feel like it’s 100 degrees even if it’s snowing out. Since rosacea is aggravated by temperature extremes, hot flashes and rosacea don’t exactly get along. Hot flashes can exacerbate it or even trigger it for the very first time.

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