Is your skin red, raw, chapped and bumpy? Are your cheeks inflamed, with visible blood vessels or blemishes? If so, you may have rosacea. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, rosacea is a chronic skin condition that causes redness and swelling and often leads to skin sores that resemble acne. While there’s no known cure for this condition, there are steps you can take help manage it so your skin looks and feels better, day in and day out.
Rosacea is most common in women between the ages of 30 and 50, especially those who are fair-skinned. It can sometimes be mild or even dormant until “triggered” by an environmental stimulus. Common rosacea triggers include sun exposure, heavy exercise, stress and even spicy foods, which sufferers may want to avoid to prevent outbreaks.
Still, even careful women can wind up with an unwanted rash or unwelcome redness when they’re doing everything right.
While rosacea is a harmless condition, you can see a doctor to take additional steps to help manage your symptoms if you find them particularly bothersome. Your physician may recommend antibiotics or other medications, or may even suggest laser surgery in severe cases.