The worst thing you can do about rosacea is nothing. The faster you seek treatment, the better your prospects will be.
Rosacea is a common skin condition that tends to be chronic and progressive. You should have it treated as soon as possible to ensure the best chance of success in managing the disease. There is no cure, but treatment can reduce the signs and symptoms, prevent flare-ups, and keep the condition from getting worse.
The first sign of rosacea is frequent and persistent facial flushing, primarily on the nose and cheeks. As the disease progresses the redness may spread to the forehead and chin and even as far as the ears, chest, and back. You may notice tiny blood vessels and clusters of small red bumps (papules), some containing pus (pustules). The most severe form of rosacea is characterized by disfiguring enlargement of the nose, termed rhinophyma.
Approximately half of those affected with rosacea develop ocular rosacea, which can cause dryness, burning, and grittiness of the eyes and can lead to serious complications if not treated.
Fair-skinned individuals aged 30 to 50 and women experiencing menopause are at the greatest risk of developing rosacea, but men and women of any age and ethnicity can be affected.
We treat rosacea in a variety of ways, depending on the signs and symptoms of your condition:
Although there is no cure for rosacea, early treatment and careful management can be effective in controlling its symptoms and progress. In some cases rosacea clears up forever. In some cases rosacea comes and goes for years. Some people have flare-ups for life.