Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes redness, red bumps, pustules, swelling, and broken blood vessels on the face.
Often mistakenly called “adult acne” rosacea frequently begins as a tendency to flush or blush easily. It may progress to persistent redness on the center of the face that may gradually involve the cheeks, nose, forehead, and chin.
With time, red bumps (papules) and pustules may appear, along with small broken blood vessels. Unlike acne, there are no blackheads.
Rosacea usually affects fair-skinned adults, men and women, after the age of 30. Certain things will trigger or exacerbate rosacea, including hot liquids, spicy foods, alcohol, especially red wines, sun exposure, and heat.
Women may notice an extreme sensitivity to cosmetics and facial soaps and moisturizers. Some patients will have eye involvement, or ocular rosacea.
This condition may last for years, will rarely improve on its own, and can become worse without treatment. Dermatologists can treat rosacea with topical medications, oral medications, and even laser surgery.