Rosacea is a chronic skin disease that causes redness and swelling on the face. It is often associated with broken or dilated blood vessels and/or acne-like lesions or nodules. The scalp, neck, ears, chest, back and/or eyes may also be affected. Symptoms range from red pimples, lines and visible blood vessels to dry or burning skin and a tendency to flush easily. Many people find that the emotional effects of rosacea – such as low self-confidence and avoidance of social situations – are more difficult to handle than the physical ones. Patients often complain of increased redness of the face with certain “triggers” such as sun, stress, spicy foods, caffeine, or alcoholic beverages. Avoidance of these triggers for patients with rosacea is recommended. There are topical and oral medications that can improve rosacea. Although it can affect anyone, rosacea typically appears in light-skinned, light-haired adults aged 30-50. It is not yet known what causes rosacea and the disease is not curable, although it can be treated with topical and oral medications, laser therapy or laser surgery.