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Rosacea is a common, chronic inflammatory skin condition. Anyone can be affected by rosacea, but it is most commonly seen in people between 30 and 60 years of age. It may be most commonly recognized in people with lighter skin tones, but rosacea can affect all skin tones and types.


What Are the Symptoms of Rosacea?

Rosacea typically the cheeks, forehead, chin, and nose; the condition appears as red patches or persistent blushing in people with lighter skin tones, or darker or dusky brown patches in people with more richly pigmented skin. In all skin types, these signs of inflammation may be accompanied by papules, pustules, and prominent blood vessels affecting the central face. You may experience a sensation of tingling, burning, itching, dryness and scaling at the affected areas, with sensitivity to many skincare products.


The signs and symptoms of rosacea may be transient, flaring up from time to time for a period of weeks or months, or they can be persistent. Rosacea can sometimes be mistaken for acne or an allergic reaction. Unlike acne, rosacea lesions do not have blackheads, whiteheads, or nodules. Roughly half of patients with rosacea experience symptoms affecting their eyes, which includes dry eyes, and eyelids that are irritated, swollen, and red.

Rosacea Risk Factors & Triggers

You may be at increased risk of developing rosacea if you are female, smoke, have had sun damage to your skin, and have a family history or rosacea. Common triggers for rosacea flares include sunlight, intense heat or vigorous physical activity, alcohol, stress, spicy food, hot drinks and skin irritants.



  • Antibiotics

  • Isotretinoin

Treatments for Rosacea

Rosacea is a chronic condition which does not resolve on its own; untreated rosacea can worsen over time. Long-term use of treatments are usually required. We provide topical or oral treatments, which may improve symptoms within a few weeks. 


  • Metronidazole

  • Ivermectin

  • Azelaic Acid

  • Topical Retinoids

  • Sodium Sulfacetamide & Sulphur

Fees for medical skin health consultations are covered by OHIP. Prescriptions may be covered by private insurance plans.

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