Facial flushing and redness are the most common symptom. Other may be:
Symptoms of the face, ears, chest, and back:
- Broken blood vessels
- Stinging and burning skin
- Dry, oily, or rough skin
- Acne-like pimples
- Raised patches of skin
- Thickened skin (rare)
Symptoms in the eyes:
- Redness and tearing
- Burning, itching, and dryness
- Sensitivity to light
- Blurred eyesight
There is no cure. Treatment will help to manage symptoms. Treatment choices are:
The first step is to identify triggers. They can vary from person to person. Avoiding triggers can stop symptoms.
Keeping skin healthy will also help. Basic skin care includes:
- Sun protection with sunscreen with SPF of 30 or greater
- Washing with mild cleanser
- Letting the face fully dry before using lotion or makeup
- Working out in a cool setting
Medicine may help to calm symptoms that do appear. Choices are:
- Antibiotics or anti-parasitics pills or lotions
- Medicated creams or gels—to help manage acne
- Medicated creams or gels—to help shrink blood vessels near surface of skin and decrease redness
- Eye drops—to increase tear production (ocular rosacea)
- Acne pills—for severe rosacea
Surgery may help if other treatment has not worked. It can help to decrease redness and manage enlarged blood vessels. Options include:
- Intense pulsed light therapy
- Laser therapy
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
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