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More Than Just a Red Face: Seven Signs of Rosacea

Sixteen million Americans suffer from rosacea, yet we know very little about this condition that is frequently mistaken for acne or an allergic reaction. Experts are unsure as to what exactly causes rosacea but suspect that certain environmental and hereditary conditions may play a part. While rosacea is more common in women than men, men suffering from the condition frequently experience more severe symptoms.

If left untreated, rosacea will get progressively worse and can cause significant damage – particularly to the face and eyes. While doctors cannot cure rosacea, they can help patients manage symptoms. Because of the potential long-term effects of the condition, it is essential to obtain a proper diagnosis and to manage your rosacea under the supervision of a board-certified dermatologist.

Seven Signs of Rosacea

  1. Redness: Chronic redness across the cheeks, nose, and forehead is the classic symptom of rosacea. Sometimes, this redness will spread to the neck and chest.
  2. Broken Blood Vessels: Rosacea is a vascular disorder and can cause the small blood vessels on your nose and cheeks to swell. Without treatment, these can become prominent.
  3. Bumps and Pimples Small red solid bumps or pus-filled pimples resembling acne develop. However, unlike acne, rosacea does not cause blackheads. Affected skin may burn, sting, or feel tight.
  4. Swollen, Bulb-Shaped Nose: Rosacea can cause the skin to thicken on the nose, giving it a bulbous appearance. This is more common in men than women.
  5. Enlarged Pores: The bumps and pimples, as well as skin thickening, that accompany rosacea causes pores to enlarge and become more visible.
  6. Bumps on the Eyelids: Rosacea can cause eyelids to become red, swollen, and sties may develop. The area around the eyelid may develop a crust or scaling and, much like the nose and cheeks, blood vessels may become visible.
  7. Eye Irritation and Vision Problems: Eyes may become watery and bloodshot. Severe cases can result in vision loss if not treated. If you are experiencing vision problems, seek medical attention immediately. 

Anyone experiencing persistent facial redness should see a board-certified dermatologist as soon as possible for diagnosis and treatment. For those who have already been diagnosed with rosacea, management is critical to keeping symptoms under control.

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