How to tell if you have Rosacea?

Updated: Jan 26


What is rosacea?

Rosacea is a skin condition that is commonly characterised by redness and inflammation on the face. Unfortunately it is believe to be 'incurable', however there are certain steps that you can take to help heal your skin, reduce redness and feel good again! Before we get to the nitty gritty, let's figure out what type of rosacea you have.


Types of Rosacea


1. Erythema Rosacea

Symptoms:

- facial redness

- flushing

- visible blood vessels

- skin sensitivity

- dry rough scaly skin






ETR is the most common form of rosacea, charatertised by facial flushing. Dilated blood vessels are also prominent on the skin surface.


2. Ocular Rosacea


Symptoms:

- dry eyes

- blurred vision

- broken blood vessels located on the eyelids

- itching, stinging or burning sensation on the eyes.

- increased tear production

- red eyes

- light sensitivity



This subtype causes the eyelids to become red, itchy, irritated and sore. It is commonly associated with Erthyema rosacea.




3. Acne Rosacea (Papulopustular)


Symptoms

- red bumps on the nose, forehead, cheeks and chin - they can appear both dry and oily

- visible broken blood vessels

- bumps that resemble acne

- oily skin

- sensitive skin

- raised red patches




This type of rosacea appears as acne characterised by redness, swelling and breakouts.



5. Steroidal Rosacea


Symptoms

- patches of redness that appear itchy

- small bumps

- dry patches

- sensitive skin


This type of rosacea is cause by over use of topical steroid creams, which ironically are prescribed to treat rosacea. Steroid creams unfortunately aren't a complete treatment. They just suppress the immune response happening on the skin. Over time the skin barrier begins to breakdown and long term steroid use can lead to thinning skin.


Do you know you rosacea subtype? Have you used any treatments that have been successful? Let me know below.


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