Rosacea – Causes and Symptoms of Rosacea


Rosacea is a skin disorder that affects the skin and at times the eyes. It is commonly seen in people with fair skin. It may affect both women and men but is more frequent in women. It is common in people between the age of 30 to 60 years. Usually it affects the skin on the face especially on the forehead, nose and chin. Most of the people may get confused   rosacea with sunburn. Here are the symptoms and causes of rosacea that helps you to identify rosacea.

Causes of Rosacea

The major cause for rosacea is dilation of blood vessels. Certain medication for heart diseases and some steroids are also found to cause this disorder. Stress, spicy food, alcohol, caffeinated beverages,  cosmetic treatments, excessive heat, sunburns etc may also increase your risks for developing rosacea. Certain diseases like gastrointestinal diseases, endocrine diseases etc. Genetic factors may also contribute to rosacea.

Symptoms of Rosacea

The symptoms of rosacea may appear then subside and again reappear after sometime. The skin remains clean and neat with out any symptoms for months and years and there after it appears again. The commonly seen symptoms include redness, facial flushing, red bumps, burning sensation etc on the affected region. There may arise pink or red patches on the skin.

Rosacea may also cause inflammation on the cheeks, forehead, nose, chin etc. You can see small and red lines under the skin and it can be due to dilated or broken blood vessels. You can also notice red colored small bumps or cyst on the skin. The dilated blood vessels will be more prominent on the nose. In advanced stages of this disease there may be dis figuration of the nose.

Rosacea may at times affect the eyes and this condition is called ocular rosacea. If the eye is affected then you may develop dryness, burning sensation and grittiness in the eyes. Some of the patients may also develop red color in the eyes and may also have light sensitivity.

There are several treatments for rosacea and hence consult a doctor when ever you found to have these symptoms.