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Rosacea: The Facts

What is rosacea?

Rosacea is a common rash, usually occurring on the face, which predominantly affects both middle-aged (age range 40 to 60 years old) and fair-skinned people. It is more common in women, but tends to be more severe in men. It is a chronic condition and, in any individual, the severity tends to come and go. Rosacea tends to affect the cheeks, forehead, chin and nose, and is characterised by redness, dilated blood vessels, small red bumps and pus-filled spots (sometimes these may only be visible with a magnifying glass), often with a tendency to blush easily. There may also be uncomfortable inflammation of the eyes and eyelid.

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Current concepts on rosacea

Rosacea is a common skin disorder that causes redness of the skin of the face of many Irish people. It is seen in all countries and races but is most frequently seen in people who have fair sun sensitive skin, especially those of Celtic origin. Professor Frank Powell is conducting research at UCD Charles Institute of Dermatology on the causes and treatments of this skin condition. Professor Powell discusses current concepts on rosacea with Dr Fabienne Forton, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.

Useful Links

Charles Institute of Dermatology – Rosacea Research

HSE Rosacea Section

National Rosacea Society

International Rosacea Foundation