Rosacea is a chronic skin condition mainly affecting the face.  The first signs may be redness or blushing that initially comes and goes.  The most common sites for symptoms of rosacea are the cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead, although rosacea can also affect the eyes, leaving them blood-shot and gritty feeling.  Bumps, tiny pus-filled pimples, or enlarged blood vessels may also appear, giving the skin a rough, uneven appearance.  Symptoms may vary from one person to another, and there is no way to predict severity.  There is no known cure for rosacea, although it can be managed with lifestyle changes and appropriate treatments. 

There are four forms of rosacea:

Rosacea usually develops in adults between 30 and 50.  While women are affected more frequently, more serious cases of rosacea usually occur in men.  It more often affects people with fair skin, although it can develop in patients of any skin colour.

There are many factors that can trigger rosacea to flare up, and these triggers vary from person to person.  Some of the common triggers for rosacea are:

Treating rosacea is important, as it will not improve or resolve on its own, and, if left untreated, can worsen over time.  Over-the-counter products may not help, and may irritate skin even more.  Talk to your physician, as they can prescribe various forms of treatment, as well as recommending which skin care products and cosmetics will work for you.   Some of the most common treatments of rosacea include:

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