Rosacea, Causes and Symptoms

Have you been experiencing red skin on the face, abnormal flare-ups, irritated skin, or any other similar symptoms? If so, you may be dealing with a fairly popular disorder called Rosacea. So what is Rosacea? Rosacea is a skin disorder that about 20% of the world’s adult population suffers from. Rosacea is found in almost all different races, genders, and ethnicities and is known for causing these types of abnormal skin issues.

So what is Rosacea? Rosacea is a skin disorder that about 20% of the world’s adult population suffers from. Rosacea is found in almost all different races, genders, and ethnicities. By knowing the signs and causes of Rosacea, you can be more prepared to prevent and eliminate the symptoms.

Rosacea face
Rosacea on the face

As you can tell from the picture to the right, Rosacea causes red and bumpy flare ups to appear on the skin. Although most people associate Rosacea with red flare-ups on the face, there are actually four different types of Rosacea with different types of symptoms between each one. The four types of rosacea are as followed.

  1. Erythmatotelangiectatic AKA (Dry Rosacea)
  2. Papulopustular AKA (Acne Rosacea)
  3. Phymatous (Thickening skin)
  4. Ocular (Eye rosacea)

All four of these of these types of rosacea can affect a person’s skin. Let’s dive deeper into these different types to get a better understanding.

Erythmatoelangiectatic (Dry Rosacea): More commonly known as dry rosacea, Erythmatoelangiectatic is the least severe type of Rosacea. Common symptoms include:

  • Easily blushed cheeks
  • Redness in the cheeks, face, scalp, and neck
  • Burning skin feelings
  • Skin sensitivity
  • Dry and peeling skin
  • Spider veins

Most people who suffer from this disorder blush easily and can experience irritating feelings on the skin.

Papulopustular (Acne Rosacea): This type of Rosacea causes the skin to flare-up with large papules in the redness of the skin. Many who have this disorder and even sometimes doctors will mistake these red bumps as acne. A good way to distinguish between the two is to notice that there are usually not whiteheads or blackheads on these bumps. These flare-ups are not just common on the face. They can be found on all parts of the body, but most com

Rosacea on the nose
Acne Rosacea

monly on the face, neck, back, and chest. Some of the most common symptoms include:


  • Red bumps in red areas
  • Very Sensitive skin
  • More noticeable spider capillaries
  • Dry patches of skin

Phymatous (Thickening skin): This type of Rosacea is a little more rare than the others. After enough time dealing with the other types of Rosacea, Phymatous can start to really affect your skin. This type takes more time to develop and can lead to disfigurement if not treated early. This condition is most commonly found in the facial area and its symptoms include:

Rosacea on the nose
Thickened skin Rosacea


  • Thickened skin
  • Bumpy skin
  • Oily skin
  • Larger pores

Ocular Rosacea: Ocular rosacea can be a result of any of the past Rosacea types listed before. Symptoms of this type include:

  • Bloodshot eyes

    Rosacea eyes
    Rosacea eyes
  • Blurry vision
  • Itchy eyes
  • Red eyelids
  • Dry eyes
  • Burning sensation in the eyes

All of these types of Rosacea can be very troublesome to a person who experiences these symptoms. By knowing the causes and ways to prevent Rosacea, you can limit these side effects enormously and prevent any serious harm to the body.

Mental side effects of Rosacea

Rosacea is a very tough skin disorder to deal with. Those who suffer from rosacea not only deal with the physical effects of rosacea but also the mental effects as well. To name a few:

  • Self-consciousness
  • Trouble socializing
  • Depression
  • Fright of Public Speaking
  • Heavy anxiety
  • Lack of self-confidence

These are often overlooked but with some encouragement and treatment to your symptoms, you can be on your way to a much more confident filled self.

Causes of Rosacea

Most of what researchers know about Rosacea is that it is commonly passed along through a family tree or caused by a weak immunes system.Rosacea face

Whenever a person with rosacea is set off, flare-ups start to occur. A person can be set off by things like embarrassing moments, dealing with sicknesses, or times of anxiety or depression. Blood vessels expand and grow causing the inflammation and red flares seen on those who suffer from the disease.

Most people who have this skin disorder, have had other skin issues as well including bad acne and abnormal skin growths. It is also common in people with a lighter skin complexion and to those who burn easily in the sun.

Treatment for Rosacea

Rosacea treatment is difficult to handle because of a number of types of rosacea that there are. It is up to you to decide on which route you would like to take to get rid of your rosacea issues. Here are a few that we find most effective:

  1. Topical creams: A lot of people have found great results by just using creams that specifically fight against rosacea symptoms. There are plenty of great working creams that are reviewed on this site that may be able to help contain your rosacea symptoms.
  2. Eye washing towelettes: For treatment of ocular rosacea, many have found relief by using small towelettes with infused ingredients to relieve uncomfortable symptoms.
  3. Rosacea supplements: Rosacea supplements have been said to work wonders for rosacea patients. They are usually made to fight all types of rosacea.
  4. Surgical procedures: Dermatologist will often perform various procedures to get rid of rosacea flare ups. These procedures include laser usage and other various ways to renew and replenish the affected skin areas.

Many people have found relief from these treatments. If you have any questions or concerns about your rosacea problems be sure to talk to your dermatologist immediately.

Best ways to prevent Rosacea

Preventing rosacea flare-ups can be easier than you would think. Many of the flare-ups are caused by actions can be part of your daily routine. Here are a few that we feel can help you with preventing your rosacea flare ups.

  1. Calm your emotions: Staying calm throughout the day is a great way to prevent flare-ups. Whenever you are alarmed, angry, frustrated, stressed, or embarrassed you are usually fueling your symptoms.
  2. Diet: What you eat always has an effect on your health. Certain foods and drinks can trigger a flare up and it is important to know some of the foods that do so. To name a few
    1. Most processed food
    2. Heavy carbs
    3. Foods with preservatives
    4. Most dairy products
    5. Hot beverages including coffee or hot chocolate
    6. Caffeine
    7. Shellfish
    8. Spicy foods
  3. Laborious activities: Any activity that can cause you to sweat and change temperatures can lead to flare-ups. Also, things such as smoking and drug use can be very bad for rosacea containment.
  4. Climate: Climate can also be a big factor in rosacea flare ups. These include UV light exposure, changes of temperature, and extreme temperatures can cause unwanted symptoms.