Rosacea

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Overview

Rosacea (roe-ZAY-she-uh) is a common skin condition that causes blushing or flushing and visible blood vessels in your face. It may also produce small, pus-filled bumps. These signs and symptoms may flare up for weeks to months and then go away for a while. Rosacea can be mistaken for acne, other skin problems or natural ruddiness.

Rosacea can affect anyone. But it's most common in middle-aged white women. There's no cure for rosacea, but treatment can control and reduce the signs and symptoms.

Symptoms

Facial blushing or flushing. Rosacea can cause a persistent blushing or flushing in the central part of your face. ...

Visible veins. Small blood vessels of your nose and cheeks break and become visible (spider veins).

Swollen bumps. ...

Burning sensation. ...

Eye problems. ...

Enlarged nose.

Causes

Hot drinks and spicy foods.

Red wine and other alcoholic beverages.

Temperature extremes.

Sun or wind.

Emotions.

Exercise.

Drugs that dilate blood vessels, including some blood pressure medications.

Some cosmetic, skin or hair care products.

Risk factors

Gender. Women get rosacea more often than men. ...

Age. Rosacea tends to happen in adults between 30 and 60 years of age. ...

Family History. Family history may play a role in rosacea. ...

Skin Tone. People of any skin color can have rosacea. ...

Sun Exposure. ...

History of Acne. ...

Ethnic Background. ...

References.

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Complications

Rhinophyma – the skin of the nose becomes severely reddened, swollen and pulpy. This is caused by the enlargement of the sebaceous glands. Some men are prone to this complication.

Conjunctivitis – is inflammation of the conjunctiva (membrane of the eye).

Prevention

Protect your skin from the sun. ...

Minimize stress. ...

Avoid overheating — even during exercise. ...

Simplify your skin care routine. ...

Opt for mild foods. ...

Opt for cold beverages. ...

Limit alcohol. ...

Protect your face from wind and cold.