Rosacea is a chronic skin disorder that often presents itself as a tendency for the skin on the face to flush easily. If not treated, rosacea may develop into a persistent redness on the face, especially the nose, cheeks, forehead and ears, even on the back.
About 16 million Americans suffer from rosacea, and may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Flushing and blushing
- Visible blood vessels
- Skin thickening
- Small bumps on the skin that look like tiny pimples
- Redness and irritation in the eye area
- Swollen eyelids
- Small sty-like lesions near the eye
Both men and women can get rosacea, though the disease does seem to affect more women, especially after age 30. People of English, Irish and eastern European ancestry seem to be at higher risk of developing rosacea.