Rosacea & The types


As with most things to do with the skin, there are various types.

There are different skin types, and different types of Rosacea. Rosacea doesn't discriminate against skin type, colour or as we're finding out more and more frequently, age. It used to be more common in the over 35 age range, however I'm finding that more and more women particularly are being diagnosed earlier and earlier, 

I just wanted to touch upon the types, as I can only speak from a type 2 perspective, I thought these might be helpful for those who are currently waiting to be diagnosed or for those who have just diagnosed. 

Type 1, also known as Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea

This manifests itself as persistent facial redness, flushing when triggered and is usually located in the cheeks. 

This can be mostly managed by topical treatments, monitoring for signs of type 2, and avoiding harsh skincare products. This type can also benefit from a course of IPL (Intense pulsed light) which will disperse redness and repair damaged skin. 

Type 2, also known as Papulopustular Rosacea

Which also has the persistent redness to the central face, flushing and flaring as well as the added bumps or pustules.  Type 1 can turn into type 2 if left untreated, or even when treated it can naturally progress through the stages. so it's important to recognise the stages so as to look for the correct treatment. 

Type 3 

Rosacea may be linked to enlargement of the nose, which frequently starts in the tip of the nose, thickening of the skin on the nose and surrounding the nose. The thickening of the skin is known as Rhinophyma, this is more comment in Men with Rosacea than in Women. 

Lastly, Type 4 or Ocular Rosacea

Ocular Rosacea appears as redness surounding the eyes, bloodshot eyes, redness on the eyelids, you may also be more prone to Stys.

It is important to note that not everyone with type 1 will progress through the stages of Rosacea, and some may not even notice type one, until it becomes type 2 and that is their progression. Equally, someone may develop Rhinophyma without ever having Rosacea. 

I have found over the past 6 years, the website is very helpful. It is primarily an American website, it does offer some great advice, and printable leaflets and self help to manage the condition, updates on progress on treating the condition, and printable diaries.

Do you suffer with any of the types mentioned above? What is your course of treatment? 


For NHS help with Rosacea, visit, also take a look at the National Rosacea Society.

If you think you may be suffering with Rosacea, please see a doctor, or a dermatologist. 

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