Rosacea, (pronounced roh-ZAY-sha) is a common but poorly understood disorder of the facial skin that is estimated to affect well over 16 million Americans. Rosacea cannot be cured, but it can be controlled. Because of its red-faced, acne-like effects on personal appearance, it can cause significant psychological, social and occupational problems if left untreated. While the cause of rosacea is unknown and there is no cure, today medical help is available that can control the signs and symptoms. Any one of the following warning signs is a signal to see a dermatologist or other knowledgeable physician for diagnosis and appropriate treatment before the signs and symptoms become increasingly severe: 1. Redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead. 2. Small visible blood vessels on the face. 3. Bumps or pimples on the face. 4. Watery or irritated eyes. Rosacea is a chronic condition characterized by facial erythema (redness). “Pimples” are sometimes included as part of the definition. Unless it affects the eyes, it is typically a harmless cosmetic condition. Treatment, if wanted, usually involves topical medications to reduce inflammation.