What is rosacea?
There are four components to rosacea:
- flushing/persistent redness
- blood vessels
- thickened skin tissue
Rosacea usually develops over a long period of time. It often begins as a tendency to flush and blush easily, and it progresses to persistent redness of the cheeks, forehead, chin, and nose or a sensitivity to cosmetics. With time, small blood vessels and pimples may appear on and around the reddened area. In more advanced cases, the oil glands enlarge causing an enlarged red nose and puffy cheeks. This is known as rhinophyma and occurs less commonly in women.
The eyes can be involved with rosacea. Usually it manifests as dryness and burning of the eyes. If you have rosacea please notify your eye doctor at your next eye exam.
Why am I developing rosacea now?
Those most likely to develop rosacea are fair-skinned adults between the ages of 30 and 50. Most people who get rosacea seem to flush or blush more often than the average person. The exact cause of rosacea is still unknown.
What should I do?
Rosacea is a chronic condition, and that means the symptoms may come and go in cycles and fluctuate in their degree of severity. Controlling the causes of flushing and blushing can help prevent rosacea from getting worse and blood vessels from getting larger.