June 01, 2018

Rosacea

Finding redness solutions

No, you're not blushing or too warm — you've handled those questions many times in recent years. But there's no denying the redness that keeps flaring across your cheeks.

What you may be experiencing is the skin condition rosacea. While treatment options have been limited in the past, new therapies have been developed in recent years to control flushing and keep the condition in check.

Beyond the blush

Although anyone can develop rosacea, it's more likely to occur in people with fair skin and light eye and hair color. Women are more likely than men to develop rosacea, especially during menopause. However, the condition tends to be more severe in men.

The signs and symptoms of rosacea tend to flare from time to time, appearing for weeks to months and then diminishing for a while. They include a persistent redness in the central part of your face, and may spread to the ears, neck, scalp and chest. Small blood vessels on your nose and cheeks often swell and become visible.

Other signs and symptoms that may occur include:

  • Swollen red bumps — Many people with rosacea also develop pimple-like bumps (pustules) on their faces that resemble acne.
  • Eye problems — More than half of people with the disease also experience eye dryness and irritation, along with swollen, reddened eyelids. This is known as ocular rosacea.
  • Enlarged nose — Over time, rosacea can thicken the skin on the nose, causing the nose to appear...