Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that makes your face turn red. It may also cause swelling and skin sores that look like acne.
The cause is not known. You may be more likely to have this if you are
Exams and Tests
Your health care provider can often diagnose rosacea by doing a physical exam and asking questions about your medical history.
There is no known cure for rosacea.
Your health care provider will help you identify the things that make your symptoms worse. These are called triggers. Triggers vary from person to person. Avoiding your triggers may help you prevent or reduce flare-ups.
Some things you can do to help ease or prevent symptoms include:
Other triggers may include wind, hot baths, cold weather, specific skin products, exercise, or other factors.
In very bad cases, laser surgery may help reduce the redness. Surgery to remove some swollen nose tissue may also improve your appearance.
Rosacea is a harmless condition, but it may cause you to be self-conscious or embarrassed. It cannot be cured, but may be controlled with treatment.
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