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Rosacea is a disorder of the skin prominent in light-skinned persons of Irish-Celtic and Western European origin. It is characterized by sudden dilation of capillaries along with heat (flushing), redness, and sometimes pustules and papules. Often this is accompanied by areas of broken capillaries called telangiectases, often referred to as a couperose condition. Rosacea is a vascular disorder because it is related to the circulation of blood and the blood vessels. Though Rosacea normally affects people over the age of 30, it can appear as early as the 20s or as late as the 70s or 80s.

Due to the flushing of the facial skin, the sebaceous glands are stimulated and follicles irritated which causes red papules and pustules on the chin, cheek and nose areas. This sudden flushing of blood to the face triggers a release of a biochemical in the skin called VFG, or Vascular Growth Factor which triggers the growth of new blood vessels, especially in the skin. This further increases the chance of flushing making this skin disorder self-perpetuating.

Rosacea first appears as chronically red cheeks and/or nose. The vasodilation (flushing) occurs from a number of triggering factors varying from person to person including exercise, hot or spicy foods and beverages, alcohol consumption, skin care products, sun exposure, extreme warm or cold temperatures and emotional stress.


Though it is unknown why Rosacea occurs, it appears to be hereditary (40 percent of those with rosacea have a relative with rosacea) and related to how easily a person blushes. Among the unfounded theories for the causes of Rosacea are the presence of a mite on the skin, excessive presence of yeast on the skin, abnormal inflammatory response and an intestinal bacterium found in ulcer patients. Management of the symptoms is the only option. A physician, preferably a dermatologist, not an esthetician or skin care salesperson must diagnose rosacea.

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