Rosacea affects 10% of the population. In this article, Dr Malvina Cunningham, Consultant Dermatologist at Skin + Me, explains the different forms of rosacea, the possible causes and where skin care products fit into treatments for each version of the condition.
Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition characterised by redness, spots and bumps, and in some cases, swelling.
It is a chronic (long term) condition and it is common, particularly among adult women, though men and children of any age can develop it. It affects people with every skin type or tone, though it is often overlooked on people with darker skin tones.
Rosacea is commonly undiagnosed and affects around one in ten people.
Typically, rosacea can appear on the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead. The visible symptoms can include occasional or persistent redness, flushing, visibly broken small blood vessels, red spots, pustules and red blotches.
If you live with moderate to severe rosacea, it can impact self-esteem.