Rosacea Symptoms and Causes

Rosacea causes and treatments

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition, characterized by redness and bumps or pimples that most often appear on the cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead.

Incidence: Very Common
○ More than 3 million US cases per year
○ Treatment can help, but this condition can't be cured
○ Requires a medical diagnosis
○ Lab tests or imaging not required
○ Chronic: can last for years

Rosacea outbreaks can cause burning and itching. Some people can also develop rosacea on the neck, chest, and scalp. It most often appears after the age of 40 years old. Rosacea symptoms can reoccur from time to time. They may flare up for a few weeks, fade and then come back. Proper and early treatment can be very helpful so make sure you see your dermatologist. If you don't take care of your rosacea, redness and swelling often gets worse and might become permanent.

Causes of rosacea: Anything that causes your rosacea to flare is called a trigger. Sunlight and hairspray are common rosacea triggers. Other common triggers include heat, stress, alcohol, and spicy foods. Triggers differ from person to person.

What does Rosacea look like?

Rosacea requires a medical diagnosis: Key symptoms are facial redness with swollen red bumps and small visible blood vessels. People may experience dryness, flushing, pimples that look like acne or dilated (broken) blood vessels in the skin. Eye symptoms include dryness, grittiness or puffy eyes. Some people with rosacea develop a large bulbous nose.

Rosacea signs
Rosacea triggers
Rosacea symptoms

Rosacea Treatments:

Self-care treatment for rosacea: Rosacea can be aggravated by heat, sunlight, hot foods or drinks, spicy food and alcohol. Avoiding these will help to reduce the redness and flushing associated with rosacea.

Our Clinical Treatment for Rosacea:

Treatments such as antibiotics (which are working because of their anti-inflammatory activity) or anti-acne medications can control and reduce symptoms. Medicines to shrink the blood vessels can help with the redness and flushing. Left untreated, the redness tends to worsen over time. Medical procedures to treat this include Laser/BBL therapy which can be extremely helpful for the redness and broken blood vessels. CO2 laser can be used to treat the bulbous nose. [ Learn more }


Regardless of the reason for rosacea, you don’t have to live with the redness. If the redness bothers you, a dermatologist can create a treatment plan that includes one or more of the following: sun protection, trigger management, skin care. With prescriptive oral and and/or topical treatments, we at DAS can help control the pimples, redness and flushing. If broken blood vessels develop- these can be very successfully treated with IPL.