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    Default how bad are long warm/hot showers for rosacea long term?

    would it be worth it to get used to shaving my legs not in the shower to shorten my shower time? also, would it be worth it to get used to taking luke warm showers?

    i think i know the answer to this but i love hot showers

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    I too am a Hot Shower Junkie....especially in the winter months.
    I know it's bad and it drys out the skin even more, but I LOVE the warmth.


    Everything that I have read says to limit shower time and use warm water, not hot.

    I also have a habit of wiping my face/eyes with a towel while in the shower. (Childhood fears of drowning I guess...LOL)

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    I also love warm showers and simply can't shower in lukewarm water, it's too cold for me.
    the solution i have found is not to take long showers (10 minutes max) and to open the window in the room so it wouldn't get hot and steamy.
    I find these things very helpful. especially the open window. at the beginning i was a little cold when i opened the window during winter time, but i got used to it, and if it's too cold, even a slightly opened window will prevent the steam from filling the room.
    I also try not to stay in the bathroom too long after the shower, because even with the open window, it is still kind of warm.

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    thanks. i've started keeping the bathroom door open, but opening the window is a good idea too.

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    Brrrr....open window in the winter. I get cold just thinking about it.
    But I can imagine that you have fantastic pores.
    steam 'em open, and freeze em' shut.


    I try to leave the bathroom door open just to circulate some humidty thru the house. The dry air in the winter is....I shiver just thinking about it.

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    I too love hot showers but they do me in bigtime.
    In the past I used to open the window which helped
    tremendously but now my BR doesn't have one.
    I try to limit my time somwhat. It is worse when I
    wash my hair and let the water pour all over my
    face. That is a sure fire flare up.
    scarlett

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    I try to use cool water on my face and turn up the shower to hot after I wash my face. That hot water on my face is bad news.

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    Warm/ hot showers always make me flush, usually all of the rest of the day
    I read and heard from others that it has something to do with the triggering of histamine through the body once hot water from the shower hits the skin for a longer time. But perhaps it has something to do with the stimulation of blood circulation. I tend to wash myself in the old fashion way instead of showering, and a few times a week shower for a very short time.

    Too bad, cause showering is one of the most relaxing and enjoyable things to do generally. But for me it is not worth the flushing.

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    I remember reading somewhere that sucking on ice cubes while you take a hot shower can be a big help.

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    Now that it's getting cold again, I have to face the fact that I can't go back to my old habit of hot showers in the winter because it always leaves me looking like Lester the Lobster for hours. (I could cry when I think about how many years I blithely carried on with hot showers and how much of my permanent erythema is due to that.)

    During this hot summer, I got used to tepid showers.

    1) Get in, get wet, wash and rinse face and hair. Wet long-handled puffy.

    2) Turn off water, put in hair conditioner, apply body cleanser to puffy, scrub body. Scrub elbows and feet with granular cleanser for rough spots.

    3) Turn on tepid water again and rinse from head to toe.

    4) Get out, wrap hair, dry body with towel, let face drip-dry.

    I keep the house cold in the winter, so I'm going to get a wee space heater from Home Depot, put it in the closed bathroom for 30 minutes while I get breakfast, then turn it off and take it out to another room and have my shower in a room warmed to the low 20s/70s.

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