Rosacea can vary from one individual to another. Experts believe that Rosacea generally includes at least one of the following primary signs, with the possibility of a number of secondary signs.
Primary signs of Rosacea include flushing, persistent redness, bumps and pimples, visible blood vessels.
Secondary signs and symptoms include eye irritation; a burning or stinging sensation on the face; facial skin that appears dry; raised red patches called plaques will develop; the skin on the face thickens, especially on the nose; facial swelling; signs and symptoms may extend beyond the face and include the neck, chest, scalp and/or ears.
Subtypes of Rosacea
Rosacea can be broken down into four subtypes, each one defined is based on the common patterns and/or groupings of the signs and symptoms of the disorder.
Subtype 1 – the skin is characterized by flushing and persistent redness. It is very sensitive, swollen and may sting or burn. It is rough or dry and may also include visible blood vessels.
Subtype 2 – the skin is characterized by persistent redness with some bumps and pimples. In addition, the skin is oily and plaques could be present.
Subtype 3 – This is a rare subtype that most often occurs when signs from another subtype show up first. The skin in this type is characterized by an appearance of enlarged pores; the skin begins to thicken, often resulting in an enlargement of the nose from excess tissue. This can also occur on the chin, forehead, cheeks and/or ears.
Subtype 4 – this is characterized by symptoms and/or signs that manifest in the eye. Dry eye, tearing, itching and burning, swollen eyelids, blurry vision, recurrent styes and sensitivity to light are all signs of Subtype 4.
Rosacea is a harmless, chronic condition, but it can be an emotionally devastating one. It cannot be cured, only controlled – and it is difficult to hide, which often impacts the self-esteem of those who have it.
At the last estimate, about 16 million Americans have one type of Rosacea or another, and only a tiny percentage of those people seek proper treatment for their condition. Women and people with fair skin tend to have the condition more and it usually affects adults between the ages 30 to 60 years of age.
Many famous people struggle with the public signs of Rosacea. Among them Renée Zellweger, President Bill Clinton, Prince Charles, Mariah Carey and Cameron Diaz, to name a few. The always humble Renée Zellweger has the persistent facial redness and flushing that are two primary signs of rosacea, particularly subtype 1. Cameron Diaz has never confirmed her condition, but if in fact she does have Rosacea, it is likely subtype 2, which is characterized by small transient pimples and facial redness. Former President Bill Clinton and Prince Charles both have the debilitating skin condition, resulting in a flushed, rugged complexion and thickening skin.
Find out more about how to prevent flare-ups, treat the condition, and cover the signs of Rosacea in our related articles below.
Learn more about Rosacea from the National Rosacea Society – they provide a wealth of information and support for all Rosacea suffers.
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- Coping with Rosacea – Tips for Lokking Your Best (healthyskinsolutions.com)
- Living with Rosacea (healthyskinsolutions.com)
- Covering the Signs of Rosacea (healthyskinsolutions.com)
- Photo Facials (healthyskinsolutions.com)