Rosacea causes facial flushing or blushing.
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Rosacea (roe-ZAY-she-uh) is a long-term (chronic) skin condition of adults that causes facial flushing. Eventually it can lead to persistent flushing in the face and tiny broken blood vessels on the nose and cheeks. Some people also develop small, acne-like bumps on the nose, cheeks, forehead and chin.

Most people with rosacea experience occasional flare-ups, usually in response to factors that increase blood flow to the surface of the skin. Triggers vary from person to person. Common triggers are spicy foods, hot drinks, exercise, cosmetics, extreme temperatures, alcoholic beverages, emotional stress, wind and sunlight.

Rosacea has no cure, but treatments may control or reduce your signs and symptoms. It also helps to identify what causes flare-ups and avoid those triggers.

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