How Do I Know If I Have Rosacea?

There are four subtypes of rosacea. If you can put a tick next to most of the symptoms of one type, it's likely you have developed this skin condition.

Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that's widely known as 'the blush that won't go away'.

How Do I Know If I Have Rosacea?

1. Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea (ETR)

This is the most common type of rosacea. The classic feature is facial redness, which is sometimes accompanied by a type of eczema called 'seborrheic dermatitis'. Symptoms can display as one or many of the below:

  • Persistent facial redness, usually in a butterfly shape
  • Facial flushing
  • Visible blood vessels
  • Skin sensitivities: stinging and burning sensations
  • Dry, flaky skin (seborrheic dermatitis)

2. Papulopustular rosacea (acne rosacea)

This form of rosacea is often mistaken for acne, as there are many symptoms in common between the two conditions. If you've developed acne rosacea, you'll suffer from many of the below symptoms:

  • Persistent facial redness
  • Acne-type breakouts: red bumps and pustules
  • Excessively oily skin
  • Skin sensitivities: stinging and burning sensations

Acne rosacea is exacerbated by traditional spot treatments that are too harsh for rosacea's inherent sensitivity. If you suspect you have this type of rosacea, be sure to choose spot treatments designed for sensitive skin.

3. Phymatous rosacea

Phymatous rosacea is more common in men and looks a little different to the typical images of rosacea sufferers. If you suspect you've developed phymatous rosacea, these would be the symptoms you're experiencing:

  • Thickening of the skin
  • Enlarged facial areas—usually the nose
  • Cysts
  • Visible broken blood vessels


How Do I Know If I Have Rosacea?

4. Ocular rosacea

Ocular rosacea effects the eyes and may occur alongside other types of rosacea. If you believe you suffer from ETR but also experience similar symptoms around your eyes, it's likely you can add ocular rosacea to your diagnosis. The symptoms of ocular rosacea consist of:

  • Swollen eyelids
  • Watery and bloodshot eyes
  • Visible broken blood vessels around the eyes
  • Irritation, burning, or stinging of the eyes (similar to an allergic reaction)
  • Styes

If, after reading this article, you suspect you've developed rosacea, it's best to seek expert advice and diagnosis from your doctor.

If you've already been diagnosed and are looking for expert skincare recommendations, Adore Beauty offers a hand-picked selection of specialty skincare in our virtual rosacea skincare shop. Remember also that our fully trained team of skincare experts are at hand to help you choose the perfect skincare for your condition. Just contact a member of our team through our skincare recommendations form.


How Do I Know If I Have Rosacea?

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