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What is Rosacea?

Rosacea (roe-ZAY-she-uh) is a common skin condition that causes redness and visible blood vessels in your face. It may also produce small, red, pus-filled bumps. These signs and symptoms may flare up for a period of weeks to months and then diminish for a while. Rosacea can be mistaken for acne, an allergic reaction or other skin problems. 

Rosacea can occur in anyone. But it most commonly affects middle-aged women who have fair skin. While there’s no cure for rosacea, treatments can control and reduce the signs and symptoms.


Signs and symptoms of rosacea may include:

  • Facial redness. Rosacea usually causes a persistent redness in the central part of your face. Small blood vessels on your nose and cheeks often swell and become visible.
  • Swollen red bumps. Many people who have rosacea also develop pimples on their face that resemble acne. These bumps sometimes contain pus. Your skin may feel hot and tender.
  • Eye problems. About half of the people who have rosacea also experience eye dryness, irritation and swollen, reddened eyelids. In some people, rosacea’s eye symptoms precede the skin symptoms.
  • Enlarged nose. Rarely, rosacea can thicken the skin on the nose, causing the nose to appear bulbous (rhinophyma). This occurs more often in men than in women.


The cause of rosacea is unknown, but it could be due to a combination of hereditary and environmental factors. Rosacea is not caused by poor hygiene.

A number of factors can trigger or aggravate rosacea by increasing blood flow to the surface of your skin. Some of these factors include:

  • Hot drinks and spicy foods
  • Alcohol
  • Temperature extremes
  • Sunlight or wind
  • Emotions
  • Exercise
  • Cosmetics
  • Drugs that dilate blood vessels, including some blood pressure medications

Risk factors

Anyone can develop rosacea. But you may be more likely to develop it if you:

  • Are a woman
  • Have fair skin, particularly if it has been damaged by the sun
  • Are over age 30
  • Smoke
  • Have a family history of rosacea

Treatment with HydraFacial™

Rosacea can be covered by using makeup, but the underlying source of the problem remains. If you have mild to moderate discoloration of the facial skin and are unsure about permanent treatment methods, consider HydraFacial™.

A unique, multi-step cleansing treatment, HydraFacial™ not only exfoliates and extracts, but it also delivers just the right amount of moisture and performing ingredients for your skin.

This type of facial skin treatment may be beneficial for those who suffer from age spots, rosacea, and dry, peeling epidermis.

We prefer this overall treatment method because it targets the very cause of skin discoloration including the visible signs of rosacea. Rosacea is the presence of discolored – usually red or pink – skin tissue caused by damaged underlying tissue. Blood vessels are tiny but highly concentrated, giving the face a reddish hue in the affected areas. The HydraFacial™ treatment not only removes the old layers of skin, it promotes healthier growth of supporting tissues.