Rosacea is a common, chronic skin condition, which presents as patchy redness and inflammation mainly on the cheeks, nose, forehead and chin. Most cases generally start off as mild redness and as the condition progresses the redness becomes more persistent and noticeable. It is also common to develop small red; solid bumps as well as pus filled pimples on the skin. Dilated blood vessels, called telangiectasias become visible on the skin.
What causes rosacea?
No one knows for sure what causes rosacea. There are several theories that may be related to the development of the condition:
A disorder of the blood vessels that causes them to become swollen, which leads to flushing.
A genetic predisposition combined with certain environmental factors, which may irritate the skin.
Treatment for rosacea:
There is no cure for rosacea. With treatment symptoms can be controlled and prevented from getting worse. If left untreated, symptoms can get worse and can recur more often. There are several different treatments that are available, depending on the severity of the rosacea. With treatment, symptoms usually improve in 2-4 weeks. Optimum results can be expected in approximately 2 months. Identifying and avoiding triggers, such as foods, products or activities, which cause flare ups is an important part of treatment.