What are these red pimples on my face? I’m not a teenager anymore.
Rosacea tends to occur in fair skin individuals after age 30 and is fairly common. Most people with rosacea notice skin color changes such as red cheeks or even “pimples” popping up as if they were a teenager again. We aren’t really sure why people get rosacea. A few possibilities include inflammation to certain organisms on the skin, sun damage, and vascular malfunction as we age.
Rosacea presents on the skin in different ways. Some patients will notice long-term redness of the nose and cheeks. Others will notice red pimple-like bumps on their face called papules and pustules. Many complain of flushing of their cheeks along with broken blood vessels around their nose, cheeks, and chin. About 50 percent of patients note involvement in their eyes. Long term rosacea can even include skin texture changes and thickening of the nose and chin. Unfortunately, many patients with rosacea suffer from multiple symptoms; not just one.