If you have rosacea, you're far from alone. Rosacea affects an estimated 16 million Americans. However, many people who have rosacea are not aware that their facial redness, frequent blushing, acne-like blemishes, or other symptoms may actually be related to this common and treatable condition. Learn about the symptoms of rosacea.

What is rosacea?

Rosacea is a vascular and inflammatory condition that is characterized by symptom flare-ups on the face, such as redness or bumps and blemishes, and periods of remission. Researchers are still trying to pinpoint the exact cause of rosacea. Some factors that may play a role include the immune system, genetics, and a mite that lives on everyone’s skin but is found in higher numbers on the skin of people with rosacea.

Who gets rosacea?

Men and women of every ethnicity can have rosacea, but some groups are more prone to having it. Here are some of the groups that are more likely to have rosacea:

  • If you are of Irish, German, or English ancestry and have fair skin, there’s a good chance you could have rosacea
  • A family history of rosacea makes it more likely that you or other family members will have it too
  • More women than men have rosacea, but severe symptoms like skin thickening occur more often in men
  • Rosacea tends to first appear between the ages of 30 and 60
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