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Rosacea treatment options

What causes rosacea?

Rosacea is a common skin condition characterized by redness on your cheeks, nose, chin, forehead, and visible blood vessels. 

Though less often, rosacea may also appear on your neck, head, ears, or chest and it is often mistaken for acne, eczema, or a skin allergy.

Many people with rosacea develop pimples on their faces that resemble acne and 50% of people with this condition also experience dry, irritated, swollen eyes and red, swollen eyelids. 

Rosacea worsens with time if left untreated. Over time, rosacea can thicken the skin on the nose, causing the nose to appear bulbous (rhinophyma). 

The cause of rosacea is unknown, but it could be due to a combination of hereditary and environmental factors. 

Types of rosacea

  • Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea (ETR), is associated with facial redness, flushing, and visible blood vessels.

  • Papulopustular (or acne) rosacea, is associated with acne-like breakouts, and often affects middle-aged women.

  • Rhinophyma is a rare form associated with the thickening of the skin on your nose. 

  • Ocular rosacea and its symptoms are centered on the eye area.


A condition known as steroid rosacea can result from long-term use of corticosteroids, specifically when used to treat dermatitis and vitiligo.

Anyone can develop rosacea and chances of getting it are higher for:

  • Women

  • If you have light skin, particularly if it has been damaged by the sun, and blonde hair

  • Are between 30 and 50 years old

  • Smoke

  • Had severe acne

  • Have family members with rosacea


Rosacea appears to be more common among fair-skinned people and affects an estimated 16 million Americans and 45 million worldwide. 

Some foods can worsen the symptoms, such as dairy products and spicy foods.

What are the treatment options for rosacea?

The treatment options are various and the one for you will depend on the type of rosacea. Below you can find treatment options and health providers in the Dominican Republic. 



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