Rosacea is a relatively common (10% of fair skinned people) chronic inflammatory skin disorder. The age of onset is typically 30-50 years, and women are affected more often than men.
Rosacea usually appears as flushing and redness and can also appear with or without papules and pustules. If lesions are present, they are normally symmetrically localized on the face, to include the nose, forehead, eyelids, ears and chin. It can appear, but is more rare, on the neck, chest, back and scalp. There is usually a history of flushing in response to various triggers including hot liquids, spicy foods, alcohol, and sun exposure.
- Wolff, K., Goldsmith, L., Katz, S., Gilchrest, B., Paller, AS., & Leffell, D. (2011). Fitzpatrick’s Dermatology in General Medicine, 8th Edition. McGraw-Hill.