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What is Rosacea?

istock_84020505_largeRosacea is a chronic inflammatory condition that primarily affects the skin of the face.

Symptoms of Rosacea

Individuals suffering from rosacea may experience any combination of the following symptoms:

  • Redness and flushing of the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead
  • Acne-like bumps and pustules
  • Appearance of small blood vessels at the surface of the skin
  • Thickened or bumpy skin on the nose (primarily in men)
  • Bloodshot, watery, and irritated eyes

Is Rosacea Common?

Rosacea affects at least 16 million people in the United States and is most commonly found in those with fair skin.

What Causes Rosacea?

The cause of the condition is unknown and appears to be influenced by a complex set of environmental and genetic factors.  Possible causes include defects in the immune system, nervous system, blood vessels of the skin, bacteria on the surface of the skin, and Demodex mites.

How is Rosacea Treated?

Unfortunately there is no cure for rosacea but there is a wide range of treatment options available for all of its frustrating symptoms. Identification of rosacea triggers can be helpful in controlling flares. The most common would be sun exposure, emotional stress, hot or cold weather, wind, alcohol, spicy foods, heavy exercise, hot baths, heated beverages and irritating skin-care products. The most effective approach to treatment is combination therapy tailored to a patient’s individual needs. A treatment plan may include an anti-inflammatory skin regimen, sun protection, topical and oral prescription medications, and laser therapy.

The National Rosacea Society website is an excellent resource for those wanting to learn more about this common condition.


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