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. An estimated more than 14 million people in the U.S. have rosacea.
Rosacea often begins with easy blushing and flushing of the facial skin. Eventually, redness will persist around the nose area. Then it extends to the rest of the face. Rosacea has a variety of clinical symptoms. It is classified into the following four types, based on these different symptoms:
In addition, rosacea often affects the eye and eyelid. Eye symptoms may include:
The symptoms of rosacea may resemble other dermatologic conditions, such as acne. Always talk with your healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
Rosacea is usually diagnosed with a complete medical history and physical exam.
Specific treatment for rosacea will be discussed with you by your provider based on:
The goal of treatment is to control the symptoms associated with rosacea. Treatment may include:
If you have been diagnosed with rosacea, you can help manage the condition by: