Rosacea is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that causes facial redness and sometimes pimple-like lesions. This skin condition affects adults and, if untreated, it tends to be progressive. In most people rosacea is cyclic; it may flare up for a period of weeks to months, and then diminish before flaring up again.
Aside from acne, rosacea can be mistaken for other skin problems, such as a skin allergy or eczema.
Though rosacea doesn't have a cure, treatments can control and reduce its signs and symptoms.


Signs and symptoms of rosacea include:

  • Red areas on the face
  • Small, red abscesses on the nose, cheeks, forehead and chin
  • Red, bulbous nose -rhinophyma-
  • Visible small blood vessels on patients’ nose and cheeks –telangiectasia-
  • Burning or gritty sensation in individuals’ eyes -ocular rosacea-
  • Tendency to flush or blush easily

About 50% of people with rosacea also experience ocular rosacea — a burning and gritty sensation in the eyes. Rosacea may cause the inner skin of the eyelids to become inflamed or appear scaly, a condition known as conjunctivitis.

The cause of rosacea is not known. However, researchers believe it's likely due to some combination of hereditary, environmental factors, and Demodex infestation.

A number of factors can aggravate rosacea or make it worse by increasing blood flow to the surface of patients’ skin. Some of these factors include:

  • Hot foods or beverages
  • Spicy foods
  • Alcohol
  • Extreme Temperatures
  • Sunlight
  • Stress, anger or embarrassment
  • Strenuous exercise
  • Hot baths, saunas
  • Corticosteroids
  • Drugs that dilate blood vessels

Although anyone can develop rosacea, individuals may be more likely to develop this condition if:

  • They have fair skin, light hair and light eye colour
  • Are between the ages of 30 and 60 -especially if going through menopause-
  • Experience frequent flushing or blushing
  • Have a family history of rosacea

Unfortunately, rosacea seldom clears up without proper treatment and tends to worsen if left untreated. Due to the progressive nature of rosacea, identifying this condition at the early stages is important.

Cliradex has proven to be one of the most effective treatments to manage this condition.

If you experience persistent redness of your face, click here to find a doctor near you, for a diagnosis and treatment.

* Nothing in this article is to be construed as medical advice, nor is it intended to replace the recommendations of a medical professional. For specific questions, please see your eye care practitioner.