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Rosacea and Flaky Skin

author image Meg Brannagan
Meg Brannagan has worked as a registered nurse for more than 10 years, specializing in women's and children's health. She holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
Rosacea and Flaky Skin
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Rosacea is a chronic disorder characterized by skin inflammation, rash and dryness. Rosacea may leave you feeling isolated because of your appearance, but there are ways to minimize the effects. Symptoms may vary among people with rosacea, but living with this disorder means learning to manage the difficult skin changes that are associated with it.


Rosacea is a skin condition that causes outbreaks of redness, swelling and sores that are comparable to acne in appearance. It is typically localized to the facial area. Each outbreak occurs due to environmental triggers such as cold weather, stressful events or spicy foods, but triggers may vary.

Seborrheic Dermatitis

Approximately 35 percent of those with rosacea have outbreaks of seborrheic dermatitis, which is flaky, scaly skin. The most prominent locations are in the eyebrows and at the hairline. Seborrheic dermatitis is caused by increased activity of the sweat glands in the face and scalp, which produce larger amounts of oil. This oil builds up and dries, causing flaky patches of skin that have a greasy feel.

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While there is no cure for rosacea, your symptoms can be successfully managed with some prevention strategies. Because certain triggers can set off symptoms of rosacea, it is important to avoid those stimulants in your environment that can cause problems. You can protect against outbreaks of flaking skin by covering your face with a scarf during cold, winter months and applying sunscreen to the most affected areas. Avoiding alcohol, spicy foods, and skin products that contain chemicals and perfumes can also reduce symptoms.

Home Remedies

You can manage skin issues associated with rosacea at home with certain remedies. Keep your face clean by washing one to two times per day with a mild soap, patting dry. For areas of flaking skin, you should apply moisturizer or lotion that is gentle and specifically created for sensitive skin. Use makeup products designed for sensitive skin and those that will not clog your facial pores.


Excessively flaking skin associated with rosacea may need treatment by a physician if home remedies do not reduce symptoms. According to Mayo Clinic.com, there are several types of prescription medications that may be used. Topical creams are applied directly to the skin and reduce symptoms of inflammation, redness and flaking. Oral medications, such as antibiotics, may also be prescribed. You may start to see relief of some symptoms of skin flaking after two months.

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