What is rosacea?
Rosacea is a condition that affects the skin of the face.
What are the symptoms of rosacea?
Rosacea often begins as a redness that looks like a blush on the nose, cheeks, chin or forehead. As time passes, you may see red pimples and pus-filled bumps. Some people also notice small blood vessels in the nose and cheeks. In some people, it is possible that the skin of the nose to become red and thicken. This is called rhinophyma. Rosacea can also affect the eyes. You may be irritated and inflamed eyelids and the white of the eye. This is called conjunctivitis.
What causes rosacea and who have it?
Doctors do not know the exact cause of rosacea. There may be more than one cause. Rosacea tends to run in families with fair skin and tends to occur in people who blush easily. Symptoms usually begin in adults between 30 and 60. Women are more likely to get rosacea on the cheeks and chin, but men are more likely to have rhinophyma. Rosacea tends to be more severe in men.
Can rosacea be cured?
No, but it can be treated. Rosacea is a condition that lasts a long time. In most individuals, tends to improve and then to get worse (exacerbated). Rosacea may worsen over time if left untreated. Treatment aims to control symptoms and make the skin look better.