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Definition: Rosacea

For those of you that suffer from skin disorders or skin discoloration, you understand how upsetting these problems can be. One very common skin disease that effects nearly 16 million Americans and 65 million people worldwide is called rosacea. Fair-skinned adults and especially women are specifically prone to this facial disease.

Rosacea is redness that is usually found on the nose, forehead, cheeks, and chin. Often, it starts as subtle irritations in the center of the face and can develop into severe inflammation, which may become tender. The redness is caused when blood vessels close to the skin's surface dilate, and the skin reacts by forming elevated blotches called papules.

Rosacea can be treated — though not cured — with either topical or oral antibiotics. Sunscreen should be worn at all times to reduce irritation, and doctors may also recommend specific soaps, moisturizers, and other products to help quiet your skin. To counteract the redness of rosacea, you can try to use a yellow- or green-based concealer.


SinYa SinYa 9 years
I have very very very disasterous skin. Till i read this article and the comments i thought i just had ultra sensitive skin. Guess im wrong.Im urging my mum to book an apointment with a skin specialist. I just want to ask if it really is rosacea, would some over-the-counter products work?
juju4 juju4 10 years
If I am embarrassed, angry, excited, etc. I blush so much that my face heats up and it burns. My eyes get hot too and will start to water. I spoke to a dermatologist about this, and she said that it was because the blood vessels in my face were allowing too much blood to reach my cheeks and skin. She recommended lazer treatments that would shrink the blood vessels (as well as have a side effect of building more collegen in my face). She said that if left untreated, the blood vessels near my chin and jaw might become darker. Ick! Anyway, she said that my insurance would cover it if my PCP said it was roseacea. (She thought it was....she said that eye damage can actually occur if my face keeps overheating). Anyway, my PCP disagreed with her, and thus I haven't had the treatments. I just think it is interesting that if two doctors can disagree about it, then it is probably hard to diagnose.
moxieminx moxieminx 10 years
The last time I got a facial the esthetician told me I have it on my cheeks a little. I never thought it could be rosacea, I just thought it was sensitive skin. It recently got worse on one cheek, so I need to get my butt to the Dermotologist. Eek! Thanks for posting this.
quietriott quietriott 10 years
my mom has rosacea and hers doesn't hurt or itch, i think it is dependent on the person, but for her it was the constant redness that was extreme after being out in the sun or working out. so if you are concerned about it, definitely go see a doctor.
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
I hit "post" too soon. Yellow cancels red, so go for something with yellow undertones when choosing a foundation.
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
Rosacea is painful- you'd know if you had it. If you just have red skin, you can even it out with a good foundation like Bare Escentuals (Bare Minerals) or Dermablend. Dermablend is specifically for people with really bad skin.
purplesugar purplesugar 10 years
Rebecca and Lauren- I have the same. I've always thought it was the early stages of Roseacea since my Mom has the same symptoms but a little worse. I went to the doctor about it once and he just said "well, it just looks like a healthy glow." I was so pissed. You don't have to try to cover a healthy glow with make-up and a healthy glow doesn't make you embarassed because of your splotchy red skin. He gave me an antibiotic but it didn't help. Now I just try to deal with it because I don't have the money for dermatologist treatments...
LaurenSugar LaurenSugar 10 years
Princess Rebecca I am the same, I have a natural blush to my face that is always there. It gets worse when I am working out, out in the sun, etc. I have always known about rosacea but never thought that I had it because it doesn't itch or anything like that. Maybe I will go to the dermatologist and just make sure?
Princess-Rebecca Princess-Rebecca 10 years
I have a rather red (natural) blush on my face, but I'm sure it can't be this. Because I can stay in teh sun as long as a I want too... I just happen to have the same sort of sknin as Nicole Kidman, it gets red all teh time. When I cry, When I'm embarassed....Oh well...
krisua krisua 10 years
Very helpful to know about these things. Thanks for the great glossary.
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
My mom and sister have rosacea. Neither one of them can stay out in the sun too long. It seems like hard labor and sunshine together (like gardening in direct sun) is my mom's biggest trigger for flare ups. She gets blistery rashes for several days, right under her eyes. I really lucked out not getting that gene. I got her some Dr. Weil serum from Origins for Mother's Day, and she told me that after 4 days on it she did some gardening in 70 degree weather and didn't have a flare up. :D You've just got to find what works for you, I guess.
MrsJigglesworth MrsJigglesworth 10 years
my mom also has this. she just started getting it in her eyes, too! :? crazy!
l1lvague l1lvague 10 years
im so glad that you guys made a post about this, i mean theres some women and even teens out there with skin problems like this. they might not even get to put on makeup. well in my case, i had clear since just some pimples along the way but all of a sudden, this year during february i started itching my face. i thought it was just because my face was irritated. but i couldnt handle it so i went to my doctor that i went since i was a kid. *family friend and all. he gave me a cream that seem to work. so they thought it was dermatatis or eczema. when ever it flared up, i would put it and it would go away and come back. then all of a sudden, i itched like crazy... and my forehead, cheeks were out of control. it was CRAZY. it kinda bled and my skin was all peeled off and it was just nasty... so i went to my doctor who sent me to a dermotologist.. so this doctor was suppose to be a TOP doctor in town... he said i had impetigo. he gave me an antibiotic that seemed to be working but after a week, it still wasnt getting any better... it seemed like it was getting worse so i went to the dermo again and they said i was getting worse b/c i was allergic to the antibiotic. i was so angry! (now this is in april) then i got another medicine and everything went dandy! and it healed, not completely there were scars left which never seemed to be going away... then now its may and its been a month and last week, i just itched my forehead like crazy and went to the doctor again, he gave me a cream because my forehead was red, irritated, peeled again. i dont know if this is eczema or rosacea... its so bad though but after 3 days, it went away but my cheeks are gettin worse. it goes away and comes back i hate it.. it looks like acne in a way but i know its not. so for you ladies who arent sure if watevers on ur face is acne or something else.. GO TO DO DERMO before it gets worse and crazy like mine. dont lag it. your scars might last forever. i think my face is too used to the antibiotics that i cant stop putting it on! after all my testings, im going to go to the dermo again and ask what is wrong with my face cause they told me there wont be any scars... so yeah(: LONG STORY. thank you!
megagirl megagirl 10 years
My mom has it and I've started getting it in the past couple years on my cheeks. It tends to flare up when I'm under stress, dehydrated, or super tired, so I haven't done any official treatments. But I have been thinking I want to, so thanks for the tips!
gen92 gen92 10 years
how do you know if you have it? I have a bit of acne and my mom won't take me to a derma :(
quietriott quietriott 10 years
my mom has rosacea and has chemical peels and laser treatments on her face from the dermatologist/plastic surgeon. in between though, she SWEARS by rodan and fields "soothe" line of cleansers, toner and lotion.
econinsf econinsf 10 years
I never knew what rosacea was until I had a flare up. I freaked out completely. My esthetician sent me to a dermatologist who confirmed that I had rosacea. If you think you have it don't bother with over the counter remedies. Some will help but none will do what a doctor's prescription can. I haven't had any flare ups since. I am also getting laser treatments that are getting rid of the redness and the veins that have shown up on my face. The results are really wonderful. I am also using mineral makeup that really evens out my skin and is really gentle.
kendallina kendallina 10 years
My mom and some of her sisters have rosacea. I really hope I avoid inheriting it, but I think I may have a start of it on my cheeks already.
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