How to tell if you have Rosacea?

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!

Knowing which rosacea you have can help give insight into what is going on internally. Once you know your subtype, it is time to start treating your rosacea from the inside out.

Types of Rosacea

1. Erythema Rosacea


- 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


- 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)


- 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


- 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 your rosacea subtype?

Have you used any treatments that have been successful?

Let me know below.

About the Author

Chloe is an internal skincare Naturopath with a passion for, you guessed it, healing your skin from within. Aside from seeing people in her online clinic, Chloe is also runs several internal skincare courses to help set you up for success by giving you the tools you need to help heal your skin for good. Sound like you? Check out her courses here.

Chloe also hosts a podcast Skin From Within, covering all things internal skincare from hormonal acne to rosacea, psoriasis and more.