What causes rosacea?

The cause of rosacea is not known. However, certain risk factors for developing the condition have been identified.

What are the risk factors for rosacea?

A number of factors increase the risk of developing rosacea. Not all people with risk factors will get rosacea. Risk factors for rosacea include:

  • Alcohol
  • Consumption of hot drinks
  • Environmental triggers: sun, wind, cold
  • Family history of rosacea
  • Skincare products, especially oil-based

    Reducing your risk of rosacea

    Rosacea is not a curable disease, but it can be managed with treatment and lifestyle changes. Some of these changes involve minimizing potential triggers for worsening the condition.

    You may be able to lower your risk of rosacea by:

    • Applying sunscreen daily
    • Avoiding excessive sun exposure
    • Limiting alcohol intake
    • Limiting consumption of hot beverages
    • Limiting consumption of spicy foods
    • Reducing stress


    What is rosacea?

    Rosacea is a chronic condition that causes inflammation of the skin on the face. Rosacea can occur on the cheeks, chin, forehead, eyelids and nose. This disorder may cause general redness to the face or bumpy eruptions that look like acne.

    Rosacea is not a life-threatening disease, but it is chronic. However, rosacea can be controlled with treatment, and it will worsen if left unt... Read more about rosaceaintroduction


    What are the symptoms of rosacea?

    The main symptom of rosacea is inflammation of the skin on the face. This redness can start on the nose and cheeks and then slowly spread to others parts of the face or body. Women more often have cheek and chin involvement, whereas men have more nose involvement.

    Common symptoms of rosacea

    You may experience rosacea symptoms daily or just once in a while. At times any ... Read more about rosaceasymptoms


    How is rosacea treated?

    There is no known cure for rosacea. As part of your treatment plan, your health care provider will help you identify potential triggers for rosacea in order to reduce flare-ups. Your health care provider may ask you to maintain a symptom diary to pinpoint your triggers and determine a pattern for your rosacea outbreaks.

    Rosacea flare-ups can be treated with antibiotics and, in sev... Read more about rosaceatreatments

    Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Sep 6, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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