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What is Rosacea?

Rosacea, (roh-ZAY-sha) is a common skin disease that causes redness and swelling on the face. It is often referred to as "adult acne,". Rosacea cannot be cured, but with proper treatment it can be controlled. Rosacea usually develops over a long period of time. It is estimated that about 14 million Americans have rosacea.

How does Rosacea occur?

In many cases rosacea begins as a tendency to flush or blush easily. Rosacea then progresses to persistent redness in the center of the face that may gradually involve the cheeks, forehead, chin, and nose. Rosacea also may involve the ears, chest and back. As rosacea progresses, small blood vessels and tiny pimples begin to appear on and around the reddened area. Blackheads are not characteristics of rosacea.

What causes Rosacea?

The exact cause of rosacea is unknown.

What are the Symptoms of Rosacea?

Some of the most common symptoms of early stages of rosacea are:

  • Redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead
  • Small visible blood vessels on the face
  • Bumps or pimples on the face
  • Watery or irritated eyes

Symptoms for advanced stages include: enlarged red nose, puffy cheeks and thick bumps on the lower half of the nose and nearby cheeks.

Treatment Options for Rosacea

A Dermatologists will construct a treatment that best fits each individual. The most common treatments are:

  • Topical medications such as gels and creams may be prescribed by a dermatologist
  • Oral antibiotic
  • Cortisone creams
  • Laser surgery

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