Rosacea is a common long-term skin condition that mainly affects the face accompanied  by other symptoms, such as spots, visible blood vessels and dry and thickened skin.                                   

Symptoms often begin with episodes of flushing, where the skin turns red for a short period, but other symptoms can develop as the condition progresses such as:

  • Burning and stinging sensations
  • Permanent redness
  • Spots (papules and pustules)
  • Small blood vessels in the skin becoming visible

Rosacea affects more women than men, typically in their 30s to 50s; however symptoms can begin to show from early 20s. It is primarily seen on the nose, cheeks, forehead and chin, as well as the neck and chest and is often mistaken for acne, eczema or some other skin allergy.

The exact cause of Rosacea is unknown, although a number of potential factors have been suggested.

Triggers which can aggravate Rosacea:

  • Exposure to sunlight
  • Stress
  • Strenuous exercise
  • Hot or cold weather
  • Hot drinks
  • Alcohol and caffeine
  • Certain foods, such as spicy foods