Rosacea is a common skin condition identified by red skin, especially on the nose and cheeks. There are several types of rosacea, each of which causes different types of symptoms. In addition to redness, rosacea may also cause flushing, visible blood vessels, swelling, acne-like breakouts, bumpy skin, thickened skin, or red and swollen eyes. Rosacea may come and go, or it may be permanent among people who have suffered from the condition for a long time. Some people also experience stinging and burning sensations. The pores may also appear enlarged.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I have rosacea?

Many people with rosacea are unaware that they have the condition. However, it is highly treatable when diagnosed. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of rosacea – skin redness, flushing easily, swollen eyelids, breakouts, or thickened skin – see your dermatologist for a diagnosis. Left untreated, rosacea may worsen over time.

What should I expect from rosacea treatment?

There is no cure for rosacea, but there are treatments available to help alleviate symptoms and change the course of the disease. Your dermatologist may treat your rosacea with a combination of topical antibiotics, oral medications, and laser or light treatments. If you have thickened skin, especially on the nose, a laser resurfacing procedure can help restore it to normal.

What can I do to help facilitate my treatment?

Your rosacea may improve on its own or progress over many years. Though you may not have control over it, there are some steps you can take to prevent flare-ups. For example, wearing sunscreen every day can prevent rosacea symptoms. For some people, avoiding food triggers like spicy foods, alcohol, and hot beverages might help.

You can learn more about managing rosacea from the National Rosacea Society.

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