Condition Description | Condition Treatment

Rosacea is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that typically affects adults, and is most commonly seen as redness in the nose and cheeks with or without break outs.

Signs and symptoms of Rosacea include:

  • Red areas on your face with the tendency to flush or blush easily
  • Visible small blood vessels on your nose and cheeks (Telangiectasia)
  • Small, red bumps or pustules on your nose, cheeks, forehead and chin
  • Red, bulbous nose (Rhinophyma)
  • Burning or gritty sensation in your eyes (Ocular Rosacea) Rosacea
  • Rosacea usually appears in phases.
  • Rosacea may begin as a simple tendency to flush or blush easily, then progress to a persistent redness in the central portion of your face, particularly your nose. This redness results from the dilation of blood vessels close to your skin’s surface.
  • As signs and symptoms worsen, vascular rosacea may develop — small blood vessels on your nose and cheeks swell and become visible (Telangiectasia). Your skin may become overly sensitive. Vascular rosacea may also be accompanied by oily skin and dandruff
  • Small, red bumps or pustules may appear and persist, spreading across your nose, cheeks, forehead and chin. This is sometimes known as Inflammatory Rosacea.
  • In addition, about one in two people with Rosacea experience ocular Rosacea — a burning and gritty sensation in the eyes. Rosacea may cause the inner skin of the eyelids to become inflamed or appear scaly, a condition known as conjunctivitis.
  • Left untreated, rosacea may get worse over time.  However, in most people Rosacea is cyclic. This means your Rosacea may flare up for a period of weeks to months and then lessen for a while before flaring up again. Besides Acne, Rosacea can be mistaken for other skin problems such as skin allergy or Eczema.

Risk Factors of Rosacea:

Though the exact causes of Rosacea remain a mystery, a number of factors can aggravate Rosacea or make it worse by increasing blood flow to the surface of your skin. Some of these factors include:

  • Hot drinks or foods
  • Spicy foods
  • Alcohol
  • Temperature extremes
  • Sunlight
  • Stress, anger or embarrassment
  • Strenuous exercise
  • Uncontrolled high blood pressure and hot flashes
  • Hot baths, saunas

Corticosteroids and drugs that dilate blood vessels, including some blood pressure medications

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