Rosacea is a difficult skin condition to live, not least because it may take a while to be diagnosed and treated. It doesn’t appear until adulthood, usually after the age of thirty, and can literally come out of nowhere.

The first signs may be an increased tendency to blush or a constant flushed appearance of the skin. As this is not necessarily something we associate with chronic skin conditions, these early signs can be misinterpreted as something else.

As the condition worsens, however, the symptoms can be misinterpreted as other, more embarrassing conditions. Pimples can appear on the face and can look suspiciously like adult acne.

Thread veins can also start to form under the surface of the skin, and in extreme cases, facial tissues can start to thicken. This can result in a misshapen and bulbous nose, which together with the thread veins and flushing can lead to observers suspecting a problem with alcohol.

As a chronic skin condition, rosacea cannot be cured. There is however a form of rosacea treatment that can successfully address the symptoms, by reducing the associated redness and thread veins.