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03/12/2015 12:41 EDT | Updated 03/12/2015 12:59 EDT

Rosacea Treatment To Help Your Skin Look Less Red

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Rosacea is a common but often misunderstood condition that is estimated to affect over 45 million people worldwide. It affects fair-skinned people of mostly north-western European descent, and has been nicknamed the curse of the Celts by some in Ireland. I

Winter is rough on all of our skin — dryness, cold air, and heavy wind can do a number on even those of us with otherwise great complexions. But for some people, weather extremes cause not only just red skin but also painful symptoms and flare ups of a condition called rosacea.

“Rosacea is a common skin disease characterized by redness, flushing and visible blood vessels in the face,” said Dr. Jill Waibel of the Miami Dermatologist and Laser Institute. It is not a form of acne or sunburn, and in no way related to personal hygiene.

The chronic condition mostly affects the skin on the face, most commonly the cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead. About half of those with rosacea also experience symptoms around their eyes that include blood-shot eye whites and a feeling of grittiness.

The first symptoms of rosacea are often increased redness or blushing that initially comes and goes, according to the Canadian Dermatology Association. Over time, those symptoms become more visible and persistent.

Here are 11 things you should know about rosacea:

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