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Skin sensitivity and rosacea

Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes blushing or flushing and visible blood vessels in your face.  It may also produce small, pus-filled bumps.  These signs and symptoms may flare up for weeks or months and then go away for a while.  Rosacea can be mistaken for acne, other skin problems or natural ruddiness.  Rosacea can affect anyone.  But it is most common in middle-aged women.  There is no cure for rosacea, but treatment can help control and reduce the signs and symptoms.


The cause of rosacea is unknown, but it could be due to an overactive immune system, heredity, environmental factors or a combination of these.  Rosacea is not caused by poor hygiene and it's not contagious.

Flare-ups may be triggered by:

*Hot drinks and spicy foods

*Red wine and other alcoholic beverages

*Temperature extremes

*Sun or wind



*Drugs that dilate blood vessels, including some blood pressure medications