Rosacea is a chronic skin disease that causes redness and swelling on the face. The scalp, neck, ears, chest, back and eyes may also be affected. Symptoms range from red pimples, lines and visible blood vessels to dry or burning skin and a tendency to flush easily. Many people find that the emotional effects of rosacea—such as low self-confidence and avoidance of social situations—are more difficult to handle than the physical ones.

Symptoms include:

  • Rashes and red areas on the face
  • Flushing or blushing easily
  • Increased vascularity (telangiectasias) on the face
  • A red, bulbous nose
  • Acne-like skin eruptions
  • A burning or stinging sensation on the face

The exact cause of rosacea has not yet been identified. Fortunately, it can be controlled or treated with:

Topical and Oral Medications



Rosacea: Skin Care Do's and Don'ts

(video from American Academy of Dermatology)