Rosacea is a chronic and inflammatory disorder of the skin, often characterized by flare-ups and remissions. It typically begins any time after the age of 30 as redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead, but it may also occur on the neck, chest, scalp or ears.
Over time, the redness tends to become more persistent and visible blood vessels may appear. Left untreated, bumps and pimples often develop, and in severe cases the nose may grow swollen and bumpy from excess tissue.
Individuals with fair skin who tend to flush or blush easily are believed to be at greatest risk. Rosacea flare-ups can be very distressing often leading to feelings of low self-esteem.