Rosacea (rose-AY-sha) is a rash often misdiagnosed as acne. It can cause a swollen, red nose, puffy cheeks and a persistent blush on other parts of the face.
This condition occurs when miniature blood vessels enlarge, usually on the cheeks, nose and forehead. Sometimes red, pus-filled spots appear, but there won’t be any blackheads or any whiteheads. The cause of rosacea is unknown, though it especially affects women over 30. It comes and goes, and seems to be made worse by:
While rosacea is harmless, it is often unsightly and may get worse over time. If you think you have rosacea, see your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.