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Rosacea, characterized by facial flushing and redness, acne-like breakouts and thick, bumpy skin texture, affects over 16 million Americans – however, promising new research into Rosacea’s triggers and causes is the first step to developing treatments. Researchers are exploring genetic links, as well as irregularities in the nervous system and immune system that prompt the condition.

Rosacea on your nerves: Our skin and nervous system are closely related. Studies at UC San Francisco and elsewhere are revealing the way the body’s sensory nervous system responds to triggers like changes in temperature, exposure to skin irritants, spicy food – and even strong emotions. Researchers are learning that while some chemicals produced by our nervous system cause skin inflammation and redness, others can actually block this process. Read More about these studies.

Rosacea and your immune system: Cells and molecules in our immune systems usually come to our rescue when the body faces a disease-causing virus, bacteria, parasite or other factor. Scientists at UC San Diego are learning that in those with Rosacea, the immune system may be malfunctioning and not protecting as it should. Read more 

A genetic link: Stanford researchers have found a genetic basis for Rosacea, and their work is leading them to explore whether

Rosacea’s symptoms may be a sign of inflammatory and autoimmune conditions in the body. Read more.

Former President Bill Clinton and actress Renee Zellweger are among the 16 million Americans living with Rosacea

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