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There are four subtypes of Rosacea which are categorised based on the signs and symptoms. Those who are affected by rosacea can experience more than one of these subtypes.

Category 1: Flushing, Facial redness, and visible blood vessels

Common Symptoms

  • Flushing & redness in the centre of the face
  • Visible spider veins
  • Swollen skin
  • Sensitive skin
  • The skin may itch and burn
  • Dry, rough and scaly skin.
  • Flushes and blushes easily than other people

Category 2: Acne-like Skin Breakouts

Signs and symptoms

  • Breakouts that looked like acne on the reddened spots
  • Recurrent acne-like breakouts.
  • Oily skin
  • Skin sensitivity
  • Burning skin that stings
  • Broken blood vessels that are really visible (spider veins)
  • Elevated patches of skin referred to plaques

Category 3: Thickening of the skin

Signs and symptoms.
This subtype is referred to as rhinophyma. It is rare, and when it eventually occurs, the affected persons often manifest signs and symptoms of another subtype of rosacea. The clinical manifestations of this subtype are:

  • Bumpy skin
  • Skin thickening, especially on the nose. When the skin on the nose thickens, it is referred to as rhinophyma (rye-NO-fie-ma)
  • The skin on the chin, cheeks, and ears thicken.
  • The appearance of visibly broken blood vessels on the skin
  • Large Pores.
  • Oily skin

Category 4: In the eyes

Signs and symptoms
Ocular Rosacea affects some people in their eyes. The following are the signs and symptoms of ocular rosacea:

  • Eyes look bloody or bloodshot
  • Affected eyes feel gritty as if sand is in the eyes
  • Burning or stinging sensation in the eyes.
  • Dryness of the eyes.
  • Itchy eyes
  • Eyes become sensitive to light
  • Blurry vision
  • Visibly broken blood vessels or spider veins on the eyelids
  • Cyst on the eyelids
  • Vision becomes affected