Rosacea is a common, chronic skin condition that affects up to 10 percent of the population, although many people are unaware that they have it. It usually affects the face, causing redness and the formation of small, pus-filled bumps similar to acne, and, like other skin conditions, can cause emotional distress for the sufferer. Rosacea typically affects fair-skinned women between 30 and 60 years of age. It can first appear during menopause, and is more prevalent in people with a family history of the condition. Although rosacea is a chronic condition that cannot be cured, there are several treatments available to relieve its symptoms and prevent flareups.

Frequently Asked Rosacea Questions

Is rosacea contagious?

No. Rosacea is not considered an infectious disease, and there is no evidence that it can be spread through skin to skin contact or through inhaling bacteria in the air. The effectiveness of antibiotics against rosacea is believed to be due more to the anti-inflammatory effect as opposed to their ability to destroy bacteria.

How long does rosacea last

Rosacea is a chronic disorder and not a short term condition. While there is no definitive way of telling how long rosacea will last and no cure, it can be controlled with therapy and lifestyle modifications

What are common lifestyle or environmental factors that contribute to rosacea or can trigger flare ups?

According to a survey done by the National Rosacea Society some common triggers are sun exposure, emotional stress, hot/cold weather, wind, alcohol, spicy foods, exercising heavily, hot baths, heated beverages and certain skin care products.

How do I determine what causes a flare up?

Rosacea signs and symptoms may be caused by multiple environmental and lifestyle factors. Some factors we’ve already listed above. As with a allergy, it is important to keep a diary to pinpoint the particular elements that may prompt a flare up in your individual case. The National Rosacea Society publishes a booklet “Rosacea Diary” designed to help patient identify and avoid triggers.

Can rosacea be cured?

While it cannot be cured, medical treatments are available that can control or eliminate its signs and symptoms.

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