Adults between 30 and 60 are most often affected by rosacea; it is more common in women and in fair-skinned individuals, although dark-skinned people may also be affected. About 14 million Americans have rosacea. In most people rosacea comes and goes periodically; in some, it gets worse with time.
Frequent triggers (things that increase face blood flow) of rosacea include sunlight, hot drinks, spicy foods, alcohol, exercise, hot baths or saunas, temperature extremes, and emotional stress. Prolonged use of cortisone creams on the face can also lead to rosacea. Some drugs may worsen flushing (nasal steroids, amiodarone, high doses of some B vitamins, tamoxifen, and rifampin).
If you have severe changes in appearance or symptoms that interfere with your daily life, you should seek care. If you have severe, persistent flushing, there are other possible causes of flushing requiring laboratory tests and should be evaluated by our clinicians at Smart Skin Dermatology.