Rosacea is a skin condition that affects the appearance of your face. It usually develops slowly and can continue to get worse over time. It first appears as a redness (flushing or blushing), usually in the centre of the face, but it can also affect the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead.
Rosacea is a chronic (or lifelong) skin condition. As it first develops, the symptoms tend to come and go. The condition may appear to improve and then inexplicably flare up and appear even worse than before. If left untreated, the redness can become permanent and tiny blood vessels may become visible.
As rosacea advances, pimples often develop. Because some signs of rosacea resemble acne, it is sometimes referred to as “acne rosacea”; however, unlike acne, no comedones (or blackheads) are present. In its advanced state, the nose becomes bumpy, red and swollen. Rosacea rarely affects the skin beyond the face.