Rosacea is an inflammatory vascular condition that requires treatment, as it tends to get worse with time and can cause permanent damage to the skin. This common skin condition develops in adulthood and is characterized by oily, reddened and bumpy skin on the face. However, the condition is very treatable if caught early.
There are four subtypes of rosacea, and it is not uncommon to experience more than one at a time:
- Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea causes facial flushing and redness, broken blood vessels, swelling and sensations of stinging and burning.
- Papulopustular rosacea appears as intermittent bumps, pimples and red patches.
- Phymatous rosacea results in thickening of the skin, creating an enlarged, irregular, reddened look.
- Ocular rosacea occurs when rosacea affects the eyes, creating recurrent styes, bloodshot and watery eyes, swollen eyelids, burning and tearing.