Sure, we all get red in the face at one time or another—maybe you blush easily when you're embarrassed or flush after running up the steps or hitting a cycling class. But for about 16 million Americans, that redness never really goes away due to a skin condition called rosacea. Think you may have it? Here's what you need to know.
Your skin might sting.
Rosacea is chronic inflammation of skin that can pop up in several ways: redness that runs across the cheeks and down the nose, angry little red blood vessels called capillaries that appear on the cheeks and nose, pimple-like bumps that persist and don't clear in the same area (this is known as acne rosacea), and an overall feeling of sensitivity that can even sting, says Jeanine B. Downie, MD, a dermatologist in Montclair, New Jersey.
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