There is no single test to determine whether someone has Rosacea.  The diagnosis is usually made based on a visual examination and from identifying a number of the following symptoms.

Common Symptoms

  • Flushing or blushing that occurs easily and often and lasts longer than normal.

  • Rashes and redness on part or all of the face. (Known as erythema). Often has the appearance of sunburn and may become worse over time.

  • Burning or stinging sensations

  • Skin pimple-like eruptions which may be solid (called papules or nodules) or puss filled (known as pustules). This may look a lot like acne but whiteheads or blackheads (common symptoms of acne) and not normally present. This skin condition may result in dry skin.

  • Visible red lines on the face called telangiectasis.  These lines are caused by enlarged or damaged blood vessels.

  • Red, sore or gritty eyes or eyelids. Eye symptoms are know by the term Ocular Rosacea. [More information about Ocular Rosacea] 

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  • Symptoms are often aggravated by sun exposure, changes or extremes in temperature, wind, and consumption of certain foods (including spicy foods, caffeine & alcohol). 

Less Common Symptoms

  • Redness which extends to other parts of the body including the chest. 

  • Bumps on the nose sometimes making it appear swollen. This usually appears after an extended time where the sufferer has not received treatment (called rhinophyma).


Eye Problems

The term ophthalmic rosacea (more commonly known as "ocular rosacea" ) covers a variety of eye problems related to Rosacea. 

It is reasonably common for Rosacea sufferers to have red eyes or sore eyelids however additional symptoms can include eyelashes falling out and swollen eyelids with small bumps. The eyelids may also have scales or crust which may be diagnosed incorrectly as a form of seborrheic dermatitis. 

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Stages of Rosacea

Stage 1

Flushing or redness (known as erythema) lasts for hours or days. Sensitive skin. Red lines (a condition known as Telangiectases) may appear. Eyes may be sore.

Stage 2

Skin eruptions (nodules called papules or pimple-like sores called pustules ) appear and may last for weeks. Symptoms may spread from the face to other parts of the body such as the scalp, neck & chest.

Stage 3

Extreme cases of untreated Rosacea may result in large nodules appearing, most commonly on the cheeks and often appearing as a swollen nose (rhinophyma).



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