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What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a common skin condition

Updated 2 months ago

The following information was obtained from the American Academy of Dermatology Association:

Rosacea (rose-AY-sha) is a common skin disease. It often begins with a tendency to blush or flush more easily than other people.

The redness can slowly spread beyond the nose and cheeks to the forehead and chin. Even the ears, chest, and back can be red all the time.

Rosacea can cause more than redness. There are so many signs and symptoms that rosacea has four subtypes.

  1. Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea
    Redness, flushing, visible blood vessels
  2. Papulopustular rosacea
    Redness, swelling, and acne-like breakouts
  3. Phymatous rosacea
    Skin thickens and has a bumpy texture
  4. Ocular rosacea
  5. Eyes red and irritated, eyelids can be swollen, and the person may have what looks like a sty

With time, people who have rosacea often see permanent redness in the center of their face.