Rosacea is a long-term facial skin condition characterized by the outbreak of small, red, pus-filled bumps. There is no cure for rosacea; however, some treatments can reduce its symptoms.
The cause of rosacea has not yet been determined; however, studies point to a connection with the immune system, a protein, or even a skin mite.
What are the symptoms?
- Facial redness
- Acne-like bumps
- Enlarged nose
- Facial spider veins
- Swollen or thickened skin
Who gets it?
Approximately 14 million Americans have rosacea to some degree. Anyone can get rosacea; however, middle-aged women with fair skin are more likely to contract it.
Other common factors in those with rosacea are:
- People between 30 and 50
- Fair-skinned people
- People with a family history of rosacea
- Current or former acne sufferers
Since there is no cure for rosacea, dermatologists work to reduce the physical symptoms by recommending topical medications, oral antibiotics and light therapy. The thickened skin that accompanies rosacea may be reduced through cosmetic procedures such as dermabrasion.