Rosacea is a rash generally affecting the centre of the face. The distinguishing feature is redness and this can be short-lived or be more permanent. Causes include genetic factors, environmental conditions or an inflammatory response.

Face creams and topical steroids aggravate the condition. The clinical features include red spots or papules, scaling and swelling. It is characterised by blushing and exacerbated by exposure to the sun, and hot and spicy food and drinks. Permanent damage to the skin is likely if left untreated.

Specialist dermatologists can advise on general measures to reduce facial redness along with medical therapies such as oral antibiotics and topical treatments.