What is Rosacea?

According to National Rosacea Society, rosacea (pronounced “roh-ZAY-sha”) is a benign inflammatory skin disease of adults, that primarily appears on the face and it is likened to teenage acne. It is a chronic and potentially life-disruptive disorder, primarily of the facial skin, often characterised by flare-ups and remissions. The main symptoms as are suggested by the name of the condition, is the rosy colour of the facial skin, which might also show a small network of blood vessels, referred to as spider veins. In some instances, the skin is bumpy and pustular, which might also have pus. Many have observed, that it typically begins any time after age 30 as redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead, which may come and go. In some cases, rosacea may also occur on the neck, chest, scalp or ears. For more information on the symptoms of rosacea, please click here. There is accumulating evidence that rosacea is also an autoimmune disorder, although the mechanism is not fully understood.

People sometimes call rosacea, adult acne and in certain types of rosacea, there are pustules associated with rosacea, mainly on the nose and around the neck. Unlike teenage acne, rosacea does not clear with age, however there are reports that the acne pustules are infected and treatment with antibiotics is often used for the treatment of rosacea. For more information, please click here.

Rosacea is considered to be an autoimmune condition and as such there is no cure available for rosacea. ENDOR™ is a steroid free alternative for the treatment of rosacea. Please click here for more information.

Approximately 2-4% of the population have this condition, but it is mainly in people with fairer skin.

Below are some different types of rosacea: