Rosacea, is an inflammatory skin condition that appears on your face. It causes redness and swelling on the scalp, neck, ears, and eyes. Your chest and back may also be affected. Symptoms range from red pimples, lines and visible blood vessels to dry or burning skin and a tendency to flush easily. With time, people who have rosacea often see permanent redness in the center of their face. Rosacea has four subtypes:

  • Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea: Redness, flushing, visible blood vessels.
  • Papulopustular rosacea: Redness, swelling, and acne-like breakouts.
  • Phymatous rosacea: Skin thickens and has a bumpy texture.
  • Ocular rosacea: Eyes red and irritated, eyelids can be swollen, and person may have what looks like a sty.

Treatment with topical and oral prescription medications often significantly improve rosacea. Laser and light-based treatments may be effective to minimize the redness and appearance of blood vessels.