Definition of Rosacea
Rosacea is a chronic inflammation that occurs on the skin of the face. It usually appears between the ages of 30 and 50.
What is going on in the body?
Rosacea results in blushing, enlarged blood vessels in the surface of the skin, red pimple-like bumps, and the thickening of the skin’s oil glands. It primarily occurs over the middle face, nose, and cheeks.
What are the signs and symptoms of the condition?
Symptoms of rosacea commonly include the following:
- Inflamed, acne-like bumps are usually superficial but may be deep and painful. Some of the bumps may contain pus.
- The inner cheeks and the skin across the bridge of the nose have a red, flushed look. The redness may also extend to the lower forehead and the chin, as well as the entire cheek area.
- Oil glands in the skin on the nose thicken.
- The skin on the cheeks and nose are mildly swollen.
- Tiny blood vessels on the face are swollen.
What are the causes and risks of the condition?
The exact cause of rosacea is unknown. This disorder is common in people with fair skin, from Northern European ethnic backgrounds. A person with rosacea often has a history of reddened skin and acne, or pimples.