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Frequently Asked Questions about Rosacea

WHAT IS ROSACEA?

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that mainly affects the skin on the face (cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead).1

Symptoms may also spread beyond the face to the skin on the ears, scalp, neck, or chest.2

Rosacea causes redness, visible blood vessels, and small, red, pus-filled bumps on the facial skin.3

These signs and symptoms may flare up for weeks or even months, and then go dormant for a while.3

Rosacea can be mistaken for acne, an allergic reaction, or other skin problems.3

WHAT CAUSES ROSACEA?

Doctors do not know the exact cause of rosacea but believe that a tendency to develop the disorder may be genetic.4,5

    HOW LONG DOES ROSACEA LAST?

    Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that typically presents in middle- and older-aged adults, and is more common in women and people with fair, sensitive skin.4

    In one small study, 52% of participants reported rosacea that came and went. This group experienced rosacea flare-ups for an average of 13 years. 48% of people who participated in the study had their rosacea clear up after an average of 9 years.6 There is no cure for rosacea, but it can be treated and controlled.4