Rosacea is a condition of redness, flushing, and inflammation affecting the face. Patients can also have inflammatory papules (which can look like pimples), and broken out blood vessels. In more advanced cases, the skin of the nose can become swollen and overgrown (rhinophyma). Flushing is often set off by heat, spicy foods, and alcohol. Rosacea can be inherited.
Mild rosacea can be treated with topical prescription antibiotics, sulfur compounds, azelic acid (finacea), and other anti-inflammatory compounds. Oral antibiotics may be used in more severe cases. Dilated blood vessels and redness can be treated with the KTP laser.