Acne rosacea, or simply rosacea, is a skin disorder that results in ruddy, red and pimply skin on the face, typically across the nose and cheekbones, but can also show up on the chin and forehead.
When you examine it closely, it resembles regular old-fashioned acne, but the difference is that you wont find any blackheads (which crop up only in very rare cases). Believe it or not, about 5% of the population is affected by rosacea, with it occurring most often in middle-aged women, and the majority of them tend to be the type who easily blushes. While it does happen to men, it usually is much more severe, resulting in a nose that often becomes quite red and enlarged (hence the reason why people might believe the overindulgence theory).
Without treatment, rosacea may become worse. While the actual cause of rosacea is still uncertain, it is thought that the people who are most susceptible namely, fair-skinned individuals who tend to easily blush make it worse simply because theyre unaware that they have the condition. They may attempt to tan their skin, but the sun damage causes the blood vessels beneath the skins surface to stretch further then they should, and in some instances, even swell. With repeated tanning and exposure to the sun or cold, biting Irish winds and rain, the redness and swelling may become permanent. At some point, the capillaries will be visible beneath the surface.
And even if you shun the sun, wind and rain, you…