Rosacea is a chronic and potentially life-disruptive disorder of the facial skin which typically begins any time after age 30 as redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead that may come and go. In some cases, rosacea may also occur on the neck, chest, scalp or ears. Over time, the redness becomes ruddier and more persistent, and visible blood vessels may appear. Left untreated, bumps and pimples often develop, and in severe cases the nose may grow swollen and bumpy from excess tissue.
While there is no cure for rosacea, and the cause is unknown, therapy is available to control or reverse its signs and symptoms. Vascular lasers such as Vbeam have proved to substantially reduce and often eliminate the redness and flushing of rosacea that is so problematic.