Rosacea or "middle-age acne" is very common
and causes redness and swelling on the face. Rosacea
may begin as a tendency to blush easily and gradually
progress to persistent redness and acne-like bumps involving
the cheeks, forehead, chin, and nose. In more severe
cases other symptoms include broken capillaries on the
surface of the skin, enlarged red nose and puffy cheeks.
No one really knows what causes rosacea. There are
aggravating circumstances that can worsen the condition,
such as psychological stress, sunlight exposure and
certain foods including spicy foods, alcohol, coffee
and caffeinated beverages. Women get rosacea more often
than men, which has been associated with menopause.