Types of Rosacea

Find out different types of rosaceaAs you may know, Rosacea is a chronic skin condition. This rather irritating condition (at times) causes the skin to inflame and can cause severe problems. Not only do many people think it looks unsightly when they are dealing with the condition, but they also have to put up with the pain and general discomfort of having the problem.

The symptoms are very similar to acne, albeit once you have rosacea (and it is impossible to avoid getting it), it is impossible to cure. What many people do not seem to realize is that there are a number of different types of rosacea. Each of them presents itself in a different way, and each has different symptoms. I want to highlight these right now for you on this page.

What Are The Different Types of Rosacea?

Pre-Rosacea Stage

This is NOT actually a form of rosacea. However, the vast majority of people who suffer from Pre-Rosacea have it develop into one of the other rosacea types later on in life. This form of rosacea is characterized by light flushing of the skin every so often. Some people who have pre-rosacea may have skin which looks red the majority of the time. As redness becomes more severe it will err closer and closer to ‘full’ rosacea. In some cases the pre-rosacea will clear up and it will never develop to anything more serious.

Vascular Rosacea

The first rosacea type: vascular (erythematotelangiectatic)This is the most common form of rosacea. Generally speaking it will start off with something akin to pre-rosacea where you will have flushing of the skin from time to time. This will generally appear around the face. Later on this flushing will last for longer periods of time and may be accompanied by a burning or stinging sensation. From time to time you may find that the areas where the rosacea occurs will swell up.

Vascular Rosacea is more common in women over the age of thirty than it is in men. The onset of the condition is normally quite fast and there is normally no way to predict when flushing is actually going to occur. There are a couple of triggers out there which can cause flare-ups to occur and those with Vascular Rosacea should do their best to avoid them. However this is still no way to predict when and if it will happen.

Like all other forms of Rosacea on this list, nobody knows what causes Vascular Rosacea exactly. However, this is one of the types of rosacea which is quite easy to keep under control with home remedies for rosacea. The vast majority of people will be able to keep their symptoms to a minimum. In fact, in minor cases of Vascular Rosacea it is unlikely that you will have a flare-up more often than every couple of months.

Inflammatory Rosacea

Papulopustular (Inflammatory) rosacea typeIn some people their Vascular Rosacea will progress to Inflammatory Rosacea. This is often known as ‘second type’ Rosacea.

As you can probably guess from the name, severe inflammation of the skin tends to occur when you are dealing with Inflammatory rosacea. The vast majority of people who suffer from it will often have a persistent redness in the center of the face which never disappears. Bumps and pustules that appear on the skin tend to be quite prominent, almost acne-like in appearance, and will spread quite rapidly.

In some cases the tissue on the nose will start to harden (this is something which tends to happen more in men than in women) and eventually this can cause a sort of ‘enlarged’ nose. This condition is known as Rhinophyma and the only way to deal with it is through surgical methods.

For the most part treatment options are the same as with any of the other types of rosacea. It may be slightly more difficult to keep the symptoms under control though and the vast majority of people who are dealing with Inflammatory Rosacea will have flare-ups on a regular basis.

Phymatous Rosacea

Type 3: Phymatous rosaceaAs I mentioned previously, some cases of rosacea can lead to the thickening of the skin on the face. This often occurs around the nose but in a few rare cases it can spread to the cheeks, or at least cause them to become inflamed.

You WILL NOT only be dealing with Phymatous Rosacea. You will have to have dealt with one of the other cases of rosacea before it progresses to this point.

Sadly it is very difficult to prevent the onset in a few cases. The majority of cases of rosacea will never progress to this point. However it can happen. The only way in which you will be able to correct hardening of the skin is by way of surgery where it will have to be removed. This will not stop it occurring again however, and the majority of people who are dealing with Phymatous Rosacea will have to undergo surgery more than once in their life.

Ocular Rosacea

Type 4: Ocular rosaceaRosacea can also occur in your eyes (albeit you will have had to have dealt with one of the other rosacea types before this occurs). Rosacea of the eye can cause your eyelids to become swollen and to have an almost ‘crust-like’ appearance to them. It will often cause the eyes to become blood shot and dry. It can be VERY irritating.

Again there is no treatment for this condition. The vast majority of people who are dealing with Ocular Rosacea will need to use eye drops to ensure that their eyes do not go too dry.

As you can see, there are a number of different types of rosacea. If you believe that you are suffering from this condition then it is suggested that you get in touch with a doctor as soon as possible. Remember, the sooner you get in touch, the easier this condition is going to be to keep under control!

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