Rosacea is a non-infectious chronic skin condition that causes redness of the skin, particularly on the face, that may come and go. The primary signs of rosacea include redness of the face, small visible spider vein-like blood vessels, a burning or stinging sensation, a red or bulbous nose, watery or irritable eyes, and acne-like sores. While rosacea is a harmless cosmetic concern, it often causes a loss in self-esteem and embarrassment during social and professional encounters.
It is estimated that more than 16 million Americans suffer from rosacea. It typically begins to appear after age 30 in the form of redness on the cheeks, nose, chin, or forehead. In some cases, rosacea may also occur on the chest, scalp, neck, or ears. Rosacea is more common among fair-skinned people (particularly those of Northern European descent) and is more prevalent for women than men, but men typically are more severely affected when it develops.
The causes of rosacea are unknown, but it occurs when there is swelling of the blood vessels just underneath the skin’s surface. There is also evidence that rosacea is hereditary. There are currently no known cures for rosacea, but there are very affective medical therapies available that have been proven to control or reverse its signs and symptoms. Therefore, if you have any of the signs mentioned above or suspect you may have rosacea, you should see a certified and trusted dermatologist for proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment.