Rosacea is a fairly common skin condition that causes redness in your face. In some cases, it may also produce small, red, pus-filled bumps. Typically these signs and symptoms may flare up for a period of weeks to months and then diminish for a while.
Rosacea may sometimes be mistaken for acne, an allergic reaction or other skin problems. It is believed to be caused by a combination of hereditary and environmental factors.
Anyone can get rosacea, but it is most often seen on middle-aged women with fair skin. Presently there’s no known cure for rosacea, but there are ways to control and reduce the signs and symptoms.
The symptoms of rosacea can includes redness in the face and swollen blood vessels in the nose and cheeks; swollen red bumps that sometimes may contain pus and can feel hot and tender; eye problems like dryness, irritation and reddened eyelids; and an enlarged nose.
The last symptom is more common in men, and results from the skin thickening on the nose and making it appear red and bulbous.
Rosacea treatments will try to control the symptoms, and may include a combination of oral and topical medications as well as laser therapies that help reduce the redness of enlarged blood vessels.
Watching for triggers to your rosacea is important to guide you as to what you should avoid. This may include hot drinks, alcohol, spicy foods, extreme temperature, sunlight, cosmetics, medications and the type of cleanser used on your face. Working with your doctor at U.S. Dermatology Partners can help you find the root of your rosacea and eliminate possible causes.
*Results may vary by individual