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Bumps on the skin that look somewhat like acne but do not behave in a similar manner are actually quite common. The most likely candidate for the occurrence of such a condition is one that is called rosacea.


Rosacea is a skin condition that is almost exclusively found in the Caucasian race and primarily affects the face and eyes. The neck, chest, and ears can also get affected in case of prolonged exposure to the sun. Rosacea is also commonly referred to as acne rosacea, because the clinical appearance of this condition may be very similar to acne.


  • The face may look red and flushed, almost as if the affected person is blushing. Often times, there may be no other symptom that is present and so affected patients just tend to ignore it as an idiosyncrasy. The skin tends to appear as if it has been sunburned, only the appearance does not really go away or lessen with time.
  • Growths on the face are also common findings associated with rosacea. The bumps are usually flat and have a clear liquid inside of them. They do not "pop" on their own and continue to be present on the face for a long period of time.
  • Tiny blood vessels can start to become quite apparent in this condition, so much so that they become a cosmetic concern for the affected individual.
  • The eyes may become dry and start to itch more often than not. Individuals may also find that they are unable to tolerate bright lights or exposure to the sun for too long. Burning, stinging and frequent cysts in the eye are also associated symptoms.


The treatment involves the use of a strong sunscreen scream whenever the person has to venture outside. Any activity such as drinking alcohol, eating spicy food or prolonged exposure to the sun that causes a flushing of the skin should be avoided.

There is no permanent cure for this condition as such, however, the various symptoms associated with it can be treated quite easily.

A course of antibiotics is advisable for treating the bumps that appear on the face. Creams or gels that have antibiotics in them may also be prescribed by your doctor as they have found to be pretty effective along with other medicines to reduce the inflammation around these bumps.

 Once the course of antibiotics is complete, it is expected that the spots will return after some time. Some doctors prefer to give regular doses of antibiotics from time to time while others prescribe long-term use of topical gels containing azelaic acid.

People who are suffering from rosacea should also avoid any alcohol based cleansers or oil based makeup as both these things will cause their skin to react.

Symptoms associated with the eyes will need to be referred to a specialist who may advise one or combination of antibiotic-containing eye drops, steroids to help control any inflammation and instruction on proper eye hygiene so that recurrent infections can be avoided.

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