Rosacea is a chronic skin disease that causes redness and swelling on the face. It is often associated with broken or dilated blood vessels and/or acne-like lesions or nodules. The scalp, neck, ears, chest, back and/or eyes may also be affected. Symptoms range from red pimples, lines and visible blood vessels to dry or burning skin and a tendency to flush easily.
Many people find that the emotional effects of rosacea – such as low self-confidence and avoidance of social situations – are more difficult to handle than the physical ones associated with this condition.
Although it can affect anyone, rosacea typically appears in light-skinned, light-haired adults aged 30-50. Sun, stress, spicy foods, caffeine, or alcoholic beverages can increase the symptoms associated with rosacea.
It is not yet known what causes rosacea and the disease is not curable, although here at Mitchell Dermatology we can treat and manage your condition with topical and oral medications, laser therapy or laser surgery.
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