Rosacea is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that most often affects the face. Rosacea worsens with time if left untreated and is often mistaken for acne, eczema, or a skin allergy.
Rosacea appears to be more common among fair-skinned people of Northern European ancestry.
Fast facts on rosacea:
- The main symptom of rosacea is the development of facial pustules.
- Other symptoms include blushing easily and inflamed blood vessels.
- The exact causes are not known but a number of factors can trigger symptoms: exercise, histamine, alcohol, menopause, sulphites, spicy food, dairy and some medications just to name a few.
If flushing or redness happens often, it may be a symptom of rosacea, which is often referred to as adult acne. If the condition is mild, the cheeks and forehead redden and may sting to the touch. Red blood vessels, in the form of a spidery web, stretch across the area. Severe rosacea often affects men and may cause the nose to enlarge and damage to the eyes.