Rosacea is a common disorder that mainly affects skin on the face. It causes redness on the nose, chin, cheeks, and forehead. Over time, the redness can become more intense, taking on a ruddy appearance. Blood vessels may become visible.
In some cases, rosacea appears on the chest, back, or neck. It can affect the eyes, causing them to feel irritated and to appear bloodshot or watery. People with rosacea can also develop red solid bumps and pus-filled pimples. The disorder can cause the nose to take on a bulbous, swollen appearance called rhinophyma.3
Rosacea is not just a skin condition, but an autoimmune disorder. Female rosacea patients have higher rates of other autoimmune disorders including type 1 diabetes, celiac disease, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.4