Rosacea is a chronic skin disease that causes facial redness and is made worse with sun exposure, heat, or by eating spicy foods, drinking alcohol or getting embarrassed.

Symptoms of rosacea include:

  • Flushing of the face
  • Dilated blood vessels that can cause a web-like pattern on the face
  • Acne-like lesions
  • An enlargement of the nose caused by thickening of the skin.

Treatment Options

There is no cure for rosacea but most cases can be controlled. Your doctor may prescribe daily topical treatments or oral medications. You’ll also want to avoid things that can easily cause your rosacea to flare up. In more severe cases, surgery can help with scarring of the nose.

Additional things you can do to help are:

  • Wash your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser
  • Don’t scrub your skin or use harsh scrubs or astringents
  • Use an electric razor if you shave your face
  • Use sunscreen
  • Use oil-free and fragrance-free skin care products and makeup