Rosacea

What it is:

Rosacea is a very common chronic inflammatory skin condition that is generally seen on the nose and cheeks. The most prevalent sign is facial flushing, but spider veins, rough, red skin, and acne-like skin eruptions may also be present. 

Your dermatologist can diagnose rosacea after examining your skin and taking into account other symptoms, but may need to take a biopsy in order to rule out other related diseases. 

Treatment:

Improving rosacea may include avoiding triggering factors, like stress, spicy foods, wind, extreme temperatures, caffeine and alcohol, and using broad-spectrum sunscreen. Topical and sometimes oral antibiotics can be used.

Laser treatments and electrosurgery are also options for severe cases of rosacea that do not respond to other therapies.