The symptoms of rosacea range from mild to severe. In some cases, it merely causes affected individuals to easily flush. For others, rosacea can cause reddening of the face, visible blood vessels in the face, and dry, scaly patches of skin. The breakouts may look similar to acne and may cause stinging or burning sensations.
The symptoms of rosacea are not dangerous, but can have a significant effect on a person’s self-esteem. Typically, the disease is long-term and first appears in adulthood after age 30. Though anyone can develop the skin condition, it is most common in individuals who have light skin or a family history of rosacea.
A dermatologist may prescribe medicated ointments to treat rosacea, as well as recommend limited sun exposure. In some cases, antibiotics are necessary, and a dermatologist may recommend exploring other treatment options like dermabrasion, electrocautery or even laser light treatments.