A Patient's Guide to Rosacea
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Basics of Rosacea
About Rosacea

Rosacea Basics

Rosacea is a chronic condition that causes a number of symptoms that appear on the central face. Flushing which is not associated with embarrassment or sweating, redness that doesn't fade, and blood vessels are some of the typical symptoms of rosacea.

Key features of rosacea include:
  • Flushing and generalized redness
  • Blushing and persistent redness (but without warm cheeks)
  • Acne-like pimples (with no blackheads or whiteheads)
  • Broken blood vessels
  • Eye irritation (dryness,
  • Thickening of the skin around the nose (uncommon, only in severe cases)
Facial flushing Telangectasias Rhinophyma
Facial flushing Telangectasias Rhinophyma

Who typically gets rosacea?

Rosacea most commonly affects those with fair skin. It is often referred to as the "Curse of the Celts" as rosacea is extremely common in those of Celtic or Northern European origin. Women are more commonly affected, but men tend to have more severe cases on average.

Where does rosacea affect?

Rosacea is often generalized across the face. The central face region around the nose are often more severely affected.

When does rosacea typically start?

Rosacea most commonly starts between 20 and 40 years of age.

What impact can rosacea have on quality of life?

  • Flushing from rosacea may make others believe that the person is embarrassed, or that they have been drinking when that isn't the case
  • Tingling and irritation can be frustrating
  • Irritation of the eyes are common
  • Rosacea may restrict a patient's choice of cosmetics