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What is Rosacea?

Rosacea (roh-ZAY-sha) is a chronic condition that mostly affects the skin on your face.

Rosacea has many symptoms, including raised spots and pimple-like bumps, sometimes with pus inside.

Without treatment, the symptoms of rosacea may get worse.

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Who gets rosacea?

Rosacea is common, especially in men and women with fair or light-colored skin.

It often appears when you're in your 30s or older. In an early stage, you might mistake rosacea for a sunburn and then ignore it. Rosacea doesn't go away, and it can get worse without treatment.

It's important to treat and manage rosacea as early as possible, before bumps and pimples get worse.
Unfortunately, there's no cure for rosacea, but many people have been able to manage it by avoiding triggers and using a prescription medication.

Talk to your healthcare provider about your rosacea.

Common triggers

The following things may cause ("trigger") rosacea flare-ups*:

Sun—time spent in the sun is a top trigger for flare-ups. Use daily sun protection! Ask your healthcare professional about a sunscreen that may be right for you

Strong wind; very cold or warm and humid conditions

Spicy food and drinks, and those that are hot in temperature (for example, hot coffee and tea)

Alcoholic drinks

Certain foods such as chocolate, cheese, sour cream, yogurt, vinegar, citrus fruits, tomatoes, and bananas

Stress and anxiety

Skin care products containing alcohol, witch hazel, acetone, or fragrance

*According to patient histories and a survey from the NRS.



Help find and avoid your personal rosacea triggers

The "Rosacea Diary" is a booklet from the National Rosacea Society (NRS) that can help you identify and possibly avoid your personal triggers.

Visit NRS to access the diary

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