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Rosacea is a skin condition characterized by persistent redness, blood vessels, and skin irregularity. It appears in a variety of forms: erythematotelangiectatic rosacea, producing background redness and broken capillaries; papulopustular rosacea, which is caused by inflammation and produces pustules or red bumps; and, in very severe cases, thickening of the nose, or rhinophyma.

In its advanced stages, rosacea can make the skin turn deep red and can inflame and redden the eyes, which is known as ocular rosacea. While there is no clinically proven cause or spectrum of causes for rosacea, symptoms may appear worse with exposure to extreme hot, cold, or stress, or from consuming spicy food and alcohol. Rosacea affects people of all skin types and genders. It has been suggested that the cause for rosacea may be related to excessive oiliness, bacteria, mites, and/or genetic predisposition. Rosacea is a progressive skin disease in which untreated symptoms typically worsen over time.

Affected areas:
Face, cheeks, nose, chin, neck, and body.


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