Managing rosacea

Rosacea can't be cured, but this inflammatory condition can be managed with good effect.

Rosacea is a common chronic inflammatory skin disease that may affect up to about 10% of the general population.

It is characterised by persistent facial erythema and a spectrum of clinical signs, including telangiectasiae, coarse skin, and an inflammatory papulopustular eruption that resembles acne.1

Rosacea can occur at any age and with any skin type, but it is most likely to develop in fair-skinned individuals aged 30-50. Females tend to present at a younger age than males, however overall prevalence is equal across the genders.2

Although rosacea is one of the classic causes of the ‘red face', most individuals (about four in five) are unable to recognise or treat the condition.1

Patients most often present to their doctor with flushing, redness, swelling, itching and sensitive skin of the central face.