Rosacea is a common, long-term skin disorder that causes flushing and redness of the face. Rosacea can also affects the eyes making them red and irritated this is called ocular rosacea.
Rosacea symptoms are commonly triggered by:
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The cause of rosacea is unknown. There may be a genetic link for some.
Rosacea is more common in women between 30 and 50 years old, people of European descent, and people with fair skin.
Other factors that may increase your risk include:
The hallmark symptoms of rosacea are facial flushing and redness. Other symptoms may occur that vary from person to person, such as:
You will be asked about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done which includes examination of your skin. You may be referred to a doctor who specializes in skin disorders. Certain over-the-counter medications could make your condition worse.
There is no cure for rosacea. Treatment is focused on reducing symptoms and is based on your specific needs. Talk with your doctor about the best plan for you. Options include:
Decreasing irritation and triggers is important to managing symptoms. The following may be helpful:
Prescription medications to treat rosacea symptoms include:
Certain oral acne medications may also be recommended for severe rosacea.
The following procedures may be used to minimize redness and enlarged blood vessels:
There is no known way to prevent rosacea.
American Academy of Dermatology
National Rosacea Society
Canadian Dermatology Association
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Last reviewed March 2017 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Michael Woods, MD, FAAP Last Updated: 1/24/2017