Skin Health

Common Symptoms of Rosacea

Approximately fourteen million people across the U.S. (that’s about 1 in 20) suffer from rosacea, a chronic, inflammatory skin disease that shows itself in a dark blush (or lingering) facial redness, as well as painful and tiny pus-filled bumps.

Rosacea is often misdiagnosed as eczema or dermographia, and unfortunately, the longer it’s undiagnosed and untreated; the worse it can become. That’s why it’s vital to recognize rosacea and its seven most telltale symptoms…

1. Tiny Facial Bumps

Most rosacea patients develop a smattering of red, inflamed bumps, or pustules, along their cheeks, nose, and chin. Many doctors can mistake this pattern of bumps as general acne due to the fact that the bumps are often pus-filled (like whiteheads). The differentiating factor is that rosacea bumps will be hot to the touch and often extra tender as well.

2. Exaggerated Facial Blood Vessels

One of the most identifying characteristics of rosacea is the persistent redness that’s often caused by swollen blood vessels. These tend to become exaggerated and visible in the center portion of the face—including along the bridge of the nose and across the cheeks.

3. Facial Flushing

The most common and telltale sign of rosacea is the deep blush or flush caused by the condition in its earliest stages.  Periods of flushing will come and go, often accompanied by a very hot or feverish feeling across the area of skin it affects. Rosacea flushing can linger for 5 to 10 minutes, but the heat and red color will dissipate and return to normal afterwards.

4. Persistent Red Skin

For many victims of this chronic skin condition, rosacea flushing can oftentimes be accompanied with lingering and persistent facial redness. It’s often mistaken for a deep blush or sunburn, but it’s caused by the swelling (or dilation) of a grouping of blood vessels under the skin, particularly in the center of the face.

5. Engorged Nose

Far more common to male sufferers than it is to female sufferers, rosacea can cause the skin on and around the nose to become thick, red, and bulbous, similar to a condition called rhinophyma, which is the ruddy effects often thought common to binge drinkers.

6. Hyper-Reactive Skin

One thing that all rosacea sufferers have in common is sensitive skin. This can occur due to many factors—including friction, touch, or environmental stimuli (i.e., temperature or sunlight)—which causes the blood vessels to become painfully inflamed. However, its sensitive blood vessels and not sensitive skin that causes this reaction in those with rosacea.

7. Chronic Eye Problems

About 50-percent of those who suffer from rosacea also suffer from some type of eye issues—ranging from a mixture of dry eyes to swollen eyelids, and from irritated and tender eyelids to eyeball redness (that’s often mistaken as allergy symptoms).