Rosacea (acne rosacea) is a chronic skin condition. It predominantly causes redness and flushing on the face. Although there is no cure for rosacea, antibiotics and laser therapy can help manage the condition and improve the appearance of your skin.
The main symptom of rosacea is red facial flushing. Rosacea most frequently affects the forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin, although the condition may develop elsewhere on the body. Other symptoms of rosacea vary from person to person. You may have small red lines (blood vessels) that appear beneath your skin, acne, or small bumps. You may have a burning sensation on your skin. The affected skin may become swollen or thick. Rosacea can cause the nose to become larger, red, and bumpy (rhinophyma). This occurs more commonly in men and rarely in women.
Rosacea may cause your eyes to feel dry, burning, and itchy. Your eyes may become red, swollen, and sensitive to light. You may develop blurred vision and excess tearing.
Women experience rosacea more frequently than men do. It is more common in people between the ages of 30 and 60. Other risk factors for rosacea include:
- Certain medications, such as some blood pressure medications.
- Fair skin