Rosacea is a chronic skin condition involving inflammation of the cheeks, nose, chin, forehead, or eyelids. It may appear as redness, prominent spider-like blood vessels, swelling, or skin eruptions similar to acne.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Although the cause of rosacea is unknown, you are more likely to develop this skin condition if:
- You are fair-skinned and have had a lot of sun exposure
- You are a woman (however, men with the condition are usually more severely affected)
- You are between the ages of 30 and 50
Rosacea involves swelling of the blood vessels just under the skin. It may be associated with other skin disorders like seborrhea or it may involve the eye.
- Redness of the face in discrete areas or covering the entire face
- A tendency to flush or blush easily
- Increased number of spider-like blood vessels (telangiectasia) of the face
- A red, bulbous nose
- Acne-like skin eruptions (may ooze or crust)
- A burning or stinging sensation of the face
- Irritated, bloodshot, watery eyes