Rosacea is a long-term inflammatory skin condition that causes flushing, visible blood vessels and often small pus-filled bumps on your face. Often rosacea is misdiagnosed as acne or other skin conditions. Rosacea symptoms may flare up for a few weeks or months and then settle until triggered again.
Rosacea can affect anyone, but is most common in middle-aged white women. There's no cure, but treatment can help control and calm symptoms.
What are the symptoms of rosacea?
Signs and symptoms of rosacea include:
- facial flushing or blushing in the middle part of your face
- spider veins on your nose and cheeks that appear after small blood vessels break and become more visible
- small pimples on your face that can look like acne
- skin that feels burnt and sensitive.
In some people, eyes can become irritated, dry and swollen, which is known as ocular rosacea. These symptoms are sometimes visible before other symptoms occur.