Rosacea

Rosacea often starts as redness, flushing or blushing over the central face.  Less commonly it can affect the chest, neck, ears and scalp.  The flushing or redness can become persistent as vessels on the face dilate (telangiectasia).  Other symptoms include papules (red acne-like bumps,) pustules and red, gritty eyes, and in some late stages a red lobulated nose (rhinophyma) may develop.

There is no specific test to diagnose Rosacea.  It is usually a diagnosis made based on the history of the rash and the clinical presentation.

It can be confused with or coexist with Acne or with Seborrheic Dermatitis (a red scaly rash that also affects the face, scalp, ears and at times the mid chest.)

The best treatment can be determined by your dermatologist based on the severity and type of Rosacea.  Treatments range from avoidance of triggers, topical medications and cover-ups, oral medication, chemical peels, or Laser treatment of telangiectasias.