What is rosacea?
Rosacea is a common chronic skin condition that usually only affects the face and eyes. Occasionally, the neck, chest, or other areas may be involved. Characterized by redness, pimples, and broken blood vessels, rosacea tends to begin after middle age (between the ages of 30 and 60). It is more common in fair-skinned people and women in menopause.
The cause of rosacea is unknown. It is estimated that more than 14 million people in the U.S. have rosacea.
Rosacea often begins with blushing and flushing of the facial skin. Eventually, redness will persist around the nose area. Then it extends to the rest of the face. In addition, rosacea often affects the eye and eyelid. Eye symptoms may include: redness, burning, tearing, inflamed eyelids, and the sensation of a foreign object in the eye.
Rosacea has a variety of clinical symptoms and can resemble other dermatological conditions, such as acne. Always talk with your healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
If you have been diagnosed with rosacea, you can help manage the condition by:
Keeping a record of triggers, such as stress, weather, or certain foods or drinks
Always using a sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays and has a sun-protecting factor (SPF) of 15 or higher
Being careful not to use any irritating products on your face
Taking your medicines as prescribed
The goal of treatment is to control the symptoms associated with rosacea. For more information on the types of rosacea and treatment options, read more here.