Welcome to Rosacea Info! This site was established in 1995 in order to provide non-commercial information on this increasingly common, but relatively unknown skin condition that is estimated to affect 2 million Canadians. The Program is funded through an educational grant by Galderma Canada, a research-based pharmaceutical company specializing in dermatology.
While the RAP is one of the most complete Rosacea patient programs available, it is not a substitute for the care and counselling that is provided by physicians and other health care providers. The program cannot comment on individual cases. If you suspect that you may suffer from rosacea, we encourage you to see your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment and to consult him or her to discuss any changes to your condition.
What is Rosacea?Rosacea is a chronic and progressive facial skin disorder that first appears as a redness that comes and goes on the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead. The eyes may feel gritty and look bloodshot and tiny blood vessels may appear on the surface of the skin. Rosacea is a long-term disorder, which tends to worsen over time. The condition may appear to improve and then inexplicably flare up and appear even worse than before. In its advanced state the nose becomes bumpy, red and swollen. Rosacea rarely occurs beyond the face and contrary to popular myths it is not caused by poor hygiene or by drinking though a number of lifestyle factors cause the condition to flare-up.
Who gets Rosacea?
* It is estimated that more than two million Canadians, almost 10% of the population suffer from rosacea, making it a highly common disease.
* Anyone from 20 to 70 years old may be affected.
* It may resemble teenage acne, however blackheads and whiteheads are not found in rosacea.
* Rosacea often occurs in fair skinned men and women of Irish, Scottish, English, or of Eastern or Northern European descent.
* Women are more likely to get rosacea than men; however, men are more likely to experience more severe symptoms such as rhinophyma (bulbous nose).