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Rosacea affects many people and causes them to feel embarrassed. The condition causes red patches on the body and face, and, in some cases, small pimple-like growths.

What Are the Symptoms of Rosacea?

Rosacea appears as redness on your nose, chin, cheeks, forehead, ears, back, chest, or neck. Living with rosacea for long periods means that the redness intensifies, giving the skin a duller, ruddy appearance. You may also develop solid red bumps, pus-filled pimples, and visible blood vessels as a result of your rosacea. Rosacea also causes rhinophyma, a condition where your nose becomes bulbous and appears swollen. Other symptoms of rosacea include flushing, persistent redness, bumps, and pimples and blood vessels that are visible below the skin. Some of the more uncommon signs of rosacea include eye irritation, burning, stinging, dry skin, plaques on the skin, thickening and swelling.

Who Is at Risk for Rosacea?

Over 14 million people in the United States live with rosacea. Many of them do not know they have the condition. Typically, fair skinned people who blush easily are at higher risk for rosacea. While rosacea affects more women than men, men typically experience the most severe symptoms of rosacea.