Though rosacea can look like acne, it's actually a chronic, inflammatory skin condition of adults. It causes redness in the face and produces small, red, pus-filled bumps or pustules.
Rosacea mainly affects those between the ages of 30 and 60, especially people with lightly pigmented skin. The cause of rosacea is unknown, but researchers believe it's likely due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors. For most people, rosacea is cyclic, meaning it tends to flare up periodically, lessen in intensity, and then flare up again. Though it doesn't have a cure, treatments can control and reduce the signs and symptoms. If you experience persistent redness of your face, see your doctor for a diagnosis and proper treatment.