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Rosacea is a chronic skin disorder characterized by facial redness. The condition sometimes produces pink bumps called papules or pimples filled with pus – called pustules.

Besides acne, rosacea can be mistaken for other skin problems such as skin allergy or eczema.

Rosacea has four subtypes:

Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea The redness tends to flush and the affected skin is very dry. It can also appear on the ears neck, chest, upper back, and scalp.
Papulopustular rosacea. The redness comes along with red bumps and pustules. This type can be easily confused with acne.
Phymatous rosacea. It is commonly related to an enlargement of the nose but it can also affect the chin, forehead, cheeks, eyelids and ears.
Ocular rosacea. It is characterized by red, dry, and irritated eyes 

Patients may have a combination of subtypes.

Despite of the uncertainties of the original cause, there are a number of factors that can trigger the flushing that characterize rosacea. Most commons are:

-         Exposure to extreme temperatures (heat or cold)

-         Heavy exercise

-         Sunburn

-         Stress

-         Drinks (including alcohol, hot tea and coffee)

-         Foods (specially those rich in histamines like yogurt, bacon etc.)

-         Medications (like topical or nasal steroids and skin-care products)

-         Excess of carbohydrates in the diet.


Recent studies suggest that:

-         Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth may be associated with the disease.

-         Tiny mites who live in the pores of the skin may cause rosacea.


There is no specific test for rosacea. The most common approach for diagnosis is based on a visual inspection of a dermatologist.

  More Information:
Rosacea Treatment
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