Rosacea is a chronic skin disease affecting roughly 5 percent of the population in the United States.
The most common variant is the red form or erythrotelangiectatic type, characterized by redness and easy flushing or blushing of the face. With time, rosacea is progressive and leads to increasing redness and broken blood vessels. Some people develop red pimples or pustules. Eye involvement is not uncommon, and people may be unaware of the connection between the itchy or gritty feeling in their eyes and their red skin. A very rare form of rosacea is rhinophyma or a grossly enlarged nose due to overgrowth of oil glands.
Each of these forms of rosacea, as well as the others not specifically discussed here, has several treatment options available.