One of the biggest misconceptions about Rosacea is the fact that there is only ‘one type’. The vast majority of people seem to believe that rosacea is a condition characterized by red flushing of the skin and acne-like symptoms. For the most part it is. However, as you are about to discover on this page, there is more than one type of rosacea. They are all linked, but each ‘stage’ had slightly different symptoms. You will not necessarily suffer from all types of rosacea, in fact, the vast majority of people WILL NOT. It is possible though.
It is worth noting that rosacea is not a condition that can be cured. Thankfully though, over the past couple of years more and more effective treatments have been devised which make it slightly easy to deal with. I will highlight a few of these treatments as we go through the various Rosacea types. For now though, let’s jump straight in.
What Are The Most Common Rosacea Types?
Now, this is one of the rosacea types on this list which is not actually rosacea. However, I am mentioning it because it has rosacea-like symptoms and a good proportion of people who actually suffer from the condition may end up with ‘full rosacea’ later on in their life. If you believe that you may have pre-rosacea then it may be worth taking ‘preventative’ measures now ‘just in case’ you have to deal with the full condition later on in life.
Those with pre-rosacea tend to blush incredibly easy. This means that their face will appear very red for a couple of seconds at a time before it goes back to its ‘normal’ color. More often than not this will not be accompanied with a burning or tingling sensation. If it is then it is likely you actually have full rosacea.
Those with pre-rosacea may find that the center of their face remains ‘permanently red’. They may also notice visible blood vessels on their skin.
Vascular (Erythematotelangiectatic) Rosacea
This is the first of the rosacea types. It is without a doubt the most common. You will not suffer from any of the other rosacea types on this list unless you have had to deal with Vascular rosacea previously (barring ocular rosacea and pre-rosacea)
This type of rosacea is similar to pre-rosacea insofar as the fact that you will often blush quite easily. You may also have to deal with random flushing from time to time. In both situations this is likely to be accompanied by a stinging or burning sensation. In the vast majority of cases the flushing of the skin will only last a couple of seconds. Most people do not even notice it and thus do not get the treatment that they need quick enough. This can make it slightly more difficult to deal with the condition later on.
The condition will often be most evident around the nose and on the cheeks. Most people who deal with Vascular rosacea will notice that blood vessels become visible in both of these areas. They may even notice that their nose and cheeks swell up from time to time. In some situations you may even find that skin is very sensitive to touch or is very oily.
The great thing about Vascular rosacea is that whilst there is no cure for the condition, it is actually rather easy to ‘treat’. Most people, providing they treat the condition with respect, will not have to deal with the symptoms more often than once every couple of months. The key is to learn how to spot your ‘triggers’. These triggers will differ for everybody, but there are a few which are more common than others. These triggers are basically what ‘leads’ to the flare-up.
- Exposure to heat or the sun. This is perhaps one of the most common of triggers for those who are dealing with Vascular rosacea. It is important that anybody with this condition uses sunscreen whenever they are outside…even if it is cold!
- Exposure to the cold or very strong winds.
- The consumption of spicy foods.
- Smoking, drinking coffee, or even drinking alcohol.
- In some situations eating foods which can lead to inflammation will not be good. Dairy products are a big one here. People who are suffering from rosacea are quite often told to steer clear of dairy (i.e. milk, cheese, and cream) because it can trigger quite a severe reaction. It is NOT because you are allergic to the product. It is simply because there are a few chemicals in it which can trigger a reaction like this. Read more information about foods to eat and to avoid with rosacea.
Inflammatory (Papulopustular) Rosacea
This is the ‘second stage’ of rosacea. You will have suffered from Vascular rosacea before it gets to this stage. However, at this point it is worth noting that rosacea is not a progressive condition. Just because you have suffered from other rosacea types does not mean that you will suffer from other types. The majority of people who attempt to keep their symptoms in check will never have to deal with rosacea.
This condition is characterized by a persistent redness in the center of the face. This normally occurs on the nose, however it can also spread to the cheeks from time to time. Inflammatory rosacea tends to spread quite easily and it is not uncommon for people who suffer from this condition to find that their chin and other parts of their face become inflamed from time to time.
Perhaps the most defining feature of inflammatory rosacea is the appearance of small red bumps and pustules on the skin. These are often mistaken for acne. However, do not treat them in the same way that you would treat acne. This will often cause them to become even worse. If you are dealing with Inflammatory rosacea then your doctor will be able to suggest a treatment which may help. Again, with this form of rosacea it is important to note what things actually lead to a flare-up (i.e. your triggers). You will also want to make sure that you have a number of rosacea treatments to hand ‘just in case’ you are caught unawares.
This is a rosacea type which often occurs alongside inflammatory rosacea. Most people will not have to deal with Phymatous rosacea UNLESS they have dealt with inflammatory rosacea previously.
This condition is characterized by the hardening of the skin. This tends to appear on the nose and can cause the skin there to become VERY thick. Sadly the only way in which this problem can be dealt with is by way of surgery. You will need to have the thickened skin removed. This will NOT cure the condition though. If you have Phymatous rosacea then it is highly likely that the skin will thicken up again in the future. This means that it will have to be removed again. Find out more information about rosacea plastic surgery.
Thankfully this is a VERY rare form of Rosacea. Only a small percentage of people will ever have to deal with it. Doctors have suggested that if you ensure that you keep your rosacea ‘in check’ i.e. treat it properly and put into action as many preventative measures as possible then you are never going to really have to worry about this.
The final type of rosacea IS the same type of condition as the ones that I mentioned previously, but there is one key difference. You will not have had to have had to deal with Vascular rosacea if you are dealing with Ocular Rosacea. In fact, many people will not have done so.
Ocular rosacea is a condition which affects your eyes. It will cause them to become inflamed around the outside, and more often than not it will cause the eyes to dry out. This can lead to poor vision (not permanent) and irritation in the eye. The treatments for Ocular rosacea are vastly different to the other types on this list (you will certainly not want to use the same creams due to the sensitivity of the skin around your eyes). Most people will have to use eye drops in order to combat dryness around the area. This condition can be very difficult to ‘prevent’. Thankfully though, Ocular rosacea is quite rare.
If you believe that you are suffering from any of the rosacea types then I really do suggest that you get in touch with your doctor as soon as possible. They will be able to provide you with advice on how to deal with the condition. Remember, as with any condition, the sooner you get treatment, the easier the problem is going to be to deal with in the long run. Just because rosacea is a chronic condition does not mean that it has to impact your life! With the right system in place you are not going to notice it most of the time.
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