Facial flushing and redness are the most common symptom. Others 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. The goal of treatment is to manage symptoms. Choices are:
- Identifying and avoiding triggers
- Practicing basic skin care, such as wearing sunscreen and washing with a mild cleanser
- Medicines, such as:
- Creams or gels to help shrink blood vessels and decrease redness
- Eye drops to increase tear production (ocular rosacea)
- Acne pills to treat severe rosacea
People who are not helped by other methods may need laser therapy or light-based therapies. These can help to ease redness and manage enlarged blood vessels.
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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