Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory condition that most often appears in the middle of the face – typically cheeks, nose, and chin, and makes your face look red and flushed. It is often misdiagnosed as adult acne because some patients may also experience pimples, swelling, itching, and scratchy eyes.
More than 14 million Americans have Rosacea. It is most often seen in patients with lighter skin color, although it can affect all skin types and usually manifests in persons over the age of 30.
Triggers for Rosacea include:
- Anything that makes you flush (ie: intense exercise or hot showers)
- Extreme hot or cold weather
- Hot drinks, spicy foods, or alcohol
- Hair spray or other products containing alcohol
- Stress and anxiety
There is no cure for Rosacea, but fortunately, there are many excellent treatment options available for patients today including topical and oral medications that can alleviate symptoms and keep outbreaks under control.
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