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Are rosacea flare-ups seasonal?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Rosacea can worsen or improve with the seasons. In a recent survey, 85% of people with rosacea said their condition is affected by changes in seasons, according to the National Rosacea Society, and about half said that their symptoms are worse in hot weather. Sun exposure and heat are common triggers for rosacea symptoms. Wear a sunscreen with a sun protection factor of 30 or higher to minimize flares due to sun exposure. Stay in air-conditioned environments, drink cold water, take cool showers, and try other methods to beat the heat. If cold weather triggers your rosacea flares, you’re not alone. More than a third of those surveyed said biting winds and cold temperatures irritate their skin. Dress in layers, wear a scarf or neck warmer, and  protect your skin with a barrier-repair emollient and/or sunscreen in winter.

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