Rosacea is a long-term disease that affects your skin and sometimes your eyes. It causes redness and pimples. Rosacea is most common in women and people with fair skin. It most often affects middle-aged and older adults.
In most cases, rosacea only affects the face. Symptoms can include:
- Frequent redness of the face, or flushing
- Small, red lines under the skin
- A swollen nose
- Thick skin, usually on the forehead, chin, and cheeks
- Red, dry, itchy eyes and sometimes vision problems
No one knows what causes rosacea. You may be more likely to have it if you blush a lot or if rosacea runs in your family. Rosacea is not dangerous. There is no cure, but treatments can help. They include medicines and sometimes surgery.
NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
- Coping with Rosacea: Identifying Your Individual Rosacea Triggers (National Rosacea Society)
- Coping with Rosacea: Managing Psychosocial Aspects of Rosacea (National Rosacea Society)
- Managing Rosacea (National Rosacea Society)
- Seborrheic Dermatitis and Rosacea (National Rosacea Society)
- Rosacea: MedlinePlus Genetics (National Library of Medicine)
- Rosacea: Information for Adults (VisualDX)
Statistics and Research
- Other Skin Conditions Often Present in Rosacea Patients (National Rosacea Society)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Rosacea (National Institutes of Health)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Topical Metronidazole Versus Ivermectin for Low-density Demodex Rosacea: A Rater-blinded, Randomized,...
- Article: Risk of Skin Cancer and Actinic Keratosis in Patients with Rosacea:...
- Article: Skin and gut microbiota dysbiosis in autoimmune and inflammatory skin diseases.
- Rosacea -- see more articles
Find an Expert
- Find a Dermatologist (American Academy of Dermatology)
- National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Also in Spanish
- Women May Need Added Therapy for Rosacea (National Rosacea Society)