Rosacea is a common skin disorder of the face.
A red, flushed face may be the first sign of rosacea, a disease
that affects an
13 million adults in the United States.
Rosacea usually affects fair-skinned people aged 30 to 50 who
tend to blush or flush easily. The first signs of rosacea include
redness on the cheeks, nose, and forehead and possibly a gritty
feeling in the eyes. In later stages, rosacea can cause pimples,
increasing redness, and small, visible blood vessels. In advanced
stages, the nose may become red, bumpy, and permanently swollen
from excess tissue.
No one really knows for sure. But there are certain "triggers"
that can cause the disease to get worse. These triggers vary from
person to person, but common ones include heat, sun, certain foods,
strenuous exercise, stress, and alcohol. Sometimes, lifestyle
changes may be necessary to avoid rosacea flare-ups.
If you answer "yes" to these
questions, you may have rosacea...
- Do you blush and flush easily?
- Do you have fair skin?
- Have you noticed pimples?
- Have any close relatives been diagnosed with rosacea?
- Does your skin get red when you drink alcoholic or hot beverages
or eat spicy food?