If you’re experiencing skin problems, particularly on your face, someone may have suggested that it could be Rosacea – in which case you’re asking, “what does rosacea look like?”. It’s a good question, because some forms of rosacea can be mistaken for acne. Although the symptoms look very similar, the underlying causes (and therefore the treatments) are very different.
Medical specialists and dermatologists have classified rosacea into 4 broad categories, each with their own symptoms. Here they are:
1. Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea – this is where you get that red flushed look, particularly on your cheeks and nose. It sometimes comes with a burning sensations and you may notice visible blood vessels close to the skin surface.
2. Papulopustular Rosacea – this is the type that’s often mistaken for acne. You get red bumps and pimples or blister-like sores that hurt when you touch them and eventually fill with puss. You can understand why many people think their adolescent nightmares have returned.
3. Phymatous Rosacea – You don’t want this type. It comes with thickened skin, particularly on the nose – and can see you ending up with an enlarged, bulbous nose which requires rhinoplastic surgery to fix.
4. Ocular Rosacea – this one is usually confined to the eyes. It’s symptoms include dry red eyes, swollen eyelids, weeping eyes, or styes that can threaten cornea damage and resulting potential blindness, if not managed.
Even Celebrities Ask What Does Rosacea Look Like
Here’s an extract from an article in the Daily Mail, where Spooks star Lisa Faulkner recalls her discovery that she had rosacea symptoms. The article describes it as a “chronic and incurable skin condition which causes misery to five per cent of the population”. But if you take a look around this site you’ll find that the prognosis may not be all that bleak.
Daily Mail, on Sat, 13 Jun 2009 14:04:53 -0700
Like most who suffer from rosacea and other uncomfortable skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis, Lisa has, over the years, spent a fortune testing lotions and potions in a bid to find something that tackles the inflammation and itching.
What to Look For
Even though rosacea can affect almost anyone, people with fair skin who tend to flush or blush easily are believed to be at greatest risk. The disease is more often diagnosed in women, but when men get it, the symptoms are more severe — possibly because they often delay seeking medical help until the it reaches advanced stages.
Here’s another helpful article which details exactly what to look for if you suspect that Rosacea is your problem.
The article also provides advice on various types of treatments that are available.
Here are a few more references which may be helpful:
Questions and Answers about Rosacea
There are several symptoms and conditions associated with rosacea. These include frequent flushing, …