Rosacea Overview

Rosacea is a common skin condition that appears reddish on the surface on the skin.

People would assume that this is a normal genetic trait that some people possess, but do not know that this is actually a skin issue that people suffering from it want it to be gone.

This particular skin condition affects the central third part of the face, especially in the nasal part and its intensity differs over time.

Signs and Symptoms of Rosacea


  • Redness on facial skin, which looks like the person is blushing

  • Fine red lines (vascular) and small red pimples on the skin of the face

  • Rhinophyma, which is the redness and enlargement of the nose

  • Eye problems like red and swollen eyelids, rosacea keratitis, and conjunctivitis

Rosacea has been considered an incurable auto-inflammatory condition wherein it waxes in and wanes in the long run.

Similar to eczema, but unlike acne, most patients do not completely get rid of rosacea.

This is most commonly seen among people that are of Scottish, Irish or English backgrounds.

Some of the most famous people in history that has rosacea include ex-US President Bill Clinton and also W.C. Fields.

This condition is not caused by alcohol intake, but drinking alcohol can aggravate the situation. The good thing about this condition is that it is neither infections nor contagious.

Causes of Rosacea

There is no known cause for rosacea, yet its basic process involves the dilation of small blood vessels in the face.

As of now, experts believe that patients suffering from rosacea possess the genetically mediated reduction of their ability in dampening the facial inflammation that is often incited by various environmental factors such as demodicosis, sunburn, certain medications and flushing.

This condition tends to affect certain areas of the face that “blushes” and is very common among people that flush quite easily. Added to that, there are a number of triggers that are known to cause this condition to flare up.

Certain emotional factors like embarrassment, anxiety, fear and stress can also trigger blushing and may aggravate the condition.

Flare-ups can also be caused by certain changes in the water such as with humidity or strong winds.

Exposure to the sun and skin damaged by it are also linked with this condition.

Smoking, consumption of alcohol, eating spicy foods, and exercise are other triggers as well that can aggravate rosacea.

A lot of patients may even notice flares during the holidays, most especially during New Years and Christmas.

Rosacea Risk Factors

The risk factors that are linked with rosacea are among those of the fair skin and among those with Scottish, Irish or English heredity. Those that easily blush can also get rosacea and among family history that had rosacea before. Other risk factors include menopause, the female gender and those between the age of 30 and 50. Though it is impossible to prevent rosacea from appearing on the body, there is a possibility of limiting your exposure to the things that trigger a reaction. Once the diagnosis has been made, it is advisable to avoid hot liquids, spicy foods, smoking and cosmetics that irritate the skin. If you would like to learn more about rosacea, make sure to speak with a medical dermatologist by visiting our find a doctor page or scheduling an appointment.


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