Rosacea (rose-AY-shuh) is a chronic skin disorder that may cause redness, acne-like blemishes, and red lines due to enlarged blood vessels. In severe cases, the nose may become red, lumpy, and enlarged, though this is usually seen only in men.
|Coping with rosacea
One way to cope with rosacea (rose-AY-shuh) is to determine what factors may trigger your outbreaks, and then avoid them. The cause of flare-ups may be different in each patient, but common triggers include sunlight exposure, alcohol, hot beverages, cold wind, or extreme temperatures.
|What causes rosacea?
Though a number of explanations have been advanced regarding rosacea (rose-AY-shah), doctors still haven't found a single, definite cause. One common theory is that it's a disorder of the vascular system, in which the blood vessels swell in reaction to some trigger.