Most people associate rosacea with redness on the face. However, it is more than just a red face. Rosacea symptoms may vary considerably from person-to-person. Identifying the signs and symptoms is important to determine rosacea treatment. Here are some of the common signs and symptoms of rosacea:
- Flushing: It is often the first sign and sometimes the only symptom for months or years before anything else develops. Frequent flushing, similar to blushing, can be seen in the central portion of face and can spread down to the neck and chest. Some people fell that their skin gets extremely hot during flushing.
- Facial redness: People suffering from rosacea commonly develop persistent redness on their face. It usually looks like a patch of sunburn. Redness usually affects the cheeks, nose and chin but can spread to the forehead, neck and chest in severe cases.
- Inflamed blood vessels: When rosacea gets worse, blood vessels underneath the skin surface swell and become visible. Medically, visible blood vessels are known as telangiectasia.
- Acne-like breakouts: Small spots, papules (round red bumps) and pustules (pus-filled swellings) appear on the face. These spots and cysts look similar to acne and hence, this condition is also referred as acne rosacea.
- Thickened skin: In rare cases, facial skin can thicken to form excess tissue, around the nose. This causes the nose to take bulbous appearance and is known as rhinophyma. This is one of the most severe rosacea symptoms and occurs in extreme cases. When it occurs, it tends to affect males more than females.
- Eye irritation: Almost 50% of rosacea sufferers also get some kind of eye symptoms, also called ocular rosacea. Burning, gritty sensation in the eyes, dryness and sensitivity to light are some of the common symptoms that affect eyes. Sometimes inside of the eyelid may become inflamed (blepharitis) and appear scaly.
Although rosacea symptoms aren’t usually painful or itchy, most people have periods when their symptoms become extremely troublesome, particularly due to triggers that aggravate rosacea. To reduce signs and symptoms of rosacea, you must a skin specialist for a diagnosis and proper treatment.