Rosacea is a chronic rash on the face; affecting the forehead, nose, cheeks and chin. It may be transient, recurrent or persistent. Rosacea was once known as "acne rosacea", but this is incorrect because it is unrelated to acne.
In the beginning the face becomes visibly red; this is followed by the appearance of pimples. As the condition advances, the blood vessels in the face dilate and become visible. If the condition continues, connective tissue grows around blood vessels and thickening of skin results. Nodules form on the nose, which gets enlarged. There may be redness, itching and watering of the eyes.
Rosacea results in red spots (papules) and sometimes pustules. They are dome-shaped rather than pointed and unlike acne, there are no blackheads, whiteheads or nodules. Rosacea may also result in red areas, scaling (rosacea dermatitis) and swelling.
Easily blushing when embarrassed
Swelling and painful skin
Sensitive skin that easily reacts to the sun, skin care products, heat or sweating
Stinging and burning in the skin
Dry, rough, itchy or scaling skin
Overly oily skin
Raised patches of skin called plaques
Bumpy texture to the skin
Thickening of the skin
Sensitivity of skin around the eyes
Eyes watery or dry, red, itchy, sensitive to light