Rosacea is a common skin disease affecting more than 14 million Americans. It often begins with a tendency to blush or flush more easily than other people. The redness can slowly spread beyond the nose and cheeks to the forehead and chin.
The physiologic signs and symptoms of rosacea include:
Most people who get rosacea are between 30 and 50 years of age, fair-skinned, have blonde hair and blue eye and are from Celtic or Scandinavian ancestry. They are likely to have a family history of rosacea or severe acne and a personal history of severe acne. Women are a bit more likely than men to get rosacea. Women, however, are not as likely as men to get severe rosacea. People of all colors and all ages, including children, get rosacea.
Scientists are still trying to find out what causes rosacea. Several bacteria (bacillus oleronius and H. pylori), the Demodex mite, and cathelicidin, a protein in the skin, have all been implicated.
Controlling the symptoms of rosacea is a multi-faceted approach:
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