Rosacea is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition affecting adults; it causes redness in the face and produces small, red, pus-filled bumps or pustules. If it’s untreated, Rosacea tends to be progressive, which means it gets worse over time. However, in most people Rosacea is cyclic, meaning it comes and goes. Signs and symptoms may flare up for a period of a few weeks to months and then disappear before flaring up again. Rosacea can be mistaken for other skin problems, such as acne, skin allergies or eczema. It is often associated with diffuse redness.
Rosacea signs and symptoms include:
- Red areas on the face
- Small, red bumps or pustules on the nose, cheeks, forehead and chin (but not whiteheads or blackheads)
- Red, bulbous nose (rhinophyma)
- Visible small blood vessels on the nose and cheeks (telangiectasia)
- Burning or gritty sensation in the eyes (ocular rosacea)
- Tendency to flush or blush easily