Rosacea is a common skin disease that causes redness, pustules, papules and swelling on the face. Often referred to as “adult acne,” rosacea frequently begins as a tendency to flush or blush easily. It may progress to persistent redness in the center of the face that may gradually involve the cheeks, forehead, chin and nose. Unlike acne there are no blackheads. Rosacea may appear on the face as small red bumps, some of which may contain pus. These may be accompanied by persistent redness and the development of many tiny blood vessels on the surface of the skin.

Treatment: Many people with rosacea do not recognize it in its early stages. Identifying the disease is the first step to controlling it. Self diagnosis and treatment are not recommended since some over-the-counter skin products may make the problem worse. Dermatologists often recommend a combination of treatments tailored to the individual patient. Topical treatments as well as oral antibiotics are common treatments for rosacea. Please make an appointment with your dermatology specialist for diagnosis and treatment of rosacea.