Rosacea is a condition that causes flushing, acne-like breakouts or visible blood vessels on the face. The color of the flushing depends on the color of the person’s skin: On lighter skin tones, the flushing is red, while on darker skin tones, the flushing is violet or brown.

Though many people flush when they are embarrassed or drink red wine, those with rosacea will notice that their flushing lasts longer and is accompanied by a feeling of warmth, especially on the nose and cheeks. They are also likely to be sensitive to certain skin care products.

Acne-like breakouts are a common symptom, including papules (bumps) and pustules (bumps filled with pus.) The condition may also cause rough, scaly skin that feels dry. The condition can also affect your eyes, making them feel dry and irritated.

When left untreated, rosacea worsens and can result in thickening skin, especially on the nose. Untreated rosacea is more difficult to treat.

It’s not clear what causes rosacea, but dermatologists say it’s connected to inflammation, a response when the body is fighting off infection. It’s less clear why one person develops rosacea while another doesn’t.

The likelihood of developing rosacea seems to increase if you:

  • Are 30 years of age or older
  • Are fair-skinned, and have blonde hair and blue eyes
  • Have a blood relative who has or had rosacea or severe acne
  • Have had numerous acne breakouts
  • Are going through menopause

A board-certified dermatologist can help determine if you have rosacea and if so, how to keep it from progressing. A treatment plan will likely include a consistent skincare regimen that includes a prescription medicine.

Our medical providers at Surgical Dermatology Group can answer your questions about rosacea and provide individualized treatment options.

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