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Rosacea is a long-term condition that consists of a red rash, which usually affects the centre of the face. Anyone can get rosacea but it is more common in women and people with fair skin. The condition can fluctuate in severity over time.
The exact cause of rosacea is not known, however changes in blood vessels, microbes and skin peptides are believed to play a factor.
Swelling, redness or changes in the shape of the nose (rhinophyma)
Burning or stinging sensations, particularly after using makeup or creams
Dry and flaky skin
Small bumps and pus-filled spots
Visible blood vessels (telangiectasia)
What can trigger Rosacea?
This varies in individuals but some common triggers are alcohol, caffeine, sun light, spicy foods, hot drinks, cheese, stress and strenuous exercise.
Will my nose change shape?
This symptom is uncommon and usually only occurs if the rosacea has been left untreated for many years. It is important to speak to your doctor if you suspect you have rosacea.
How should I wash my face if I have Rosacea?
Use a mild soap and wash your face using your fingertips and lukewarm water. Do not use rough cloths or sponges to wash your face. Pat your face dry with a towel, do not rub the towel on your face.
Can I moisturise my face?
Yes. You should moisturise to help with the dryness of skin that the rosacea may have caused. Creams designed for sensitive skin may cause less irritation. Your normal moisturiser can be used alongside medicated creams, however you should leave 30 minutes between the application of different creams and ointments.