Rosacea is different for everyone

The signs of rosacea and their severity vary from person to person. Some people may only suffer from one sign or type. Other people may experience multiple signs.1-3

The signs themselves can also change on a weekly, or even daily, basis. Signs can appear then disappear, or move from mild to severe.3

The importance of a diagnosis

It’s not always easy to diagnose rosacea – people may initially mistake it for other skin conditions.2,4 As a result, people may not receive the correct treatment for rosacea. For example, people with lumps and bumps (papulopustular rosacea) may try using acne treatments or antibacterial wash instead of a rosacea cream that has been specially developed to manage the condition.5

To get the correct treatment for your condition, you will need a proper diagnosis. This is why it’s important to resist the temptation to self-diagnose. Speak to your doctor. They will take into account your signs and symptoms, triggers and medical history to ensure you receive the best treatment for your condition.3

It’s time to speak up

Talking to your doctor about rosacea isn’t always the easiest thing to do. The powerful emotions rosacea can evoke may seem embarrassing when you’re sitting in the quiet of the waiting room. But if rosacea is having a negative impact on your enjoyment of life, don’t be afraid to talk about it. Your doctor is there to help.

Starting a conversation with your doctor is the first step to taking back control.Working together, you can manage your rosacea, not just cover it up.

What you should say

The more information you can provide your doctor, the more help they can provide. Tell your doctor about the physical signs of rosacea and symptoms you are experiencing, and be honest about the impact rosacea is having on your personal and professional life. This will help your doctor put together the best management plan for you.5

End the Cover Up


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  1. Wolf J. Acne and rosacea: Differential diagnosis and treatment in the primary care setting. Available at (accessed 18 April 2017).
  2. Olazagasti J, Lynch P and Fazel N. Am J Orthop 2014; 94: 39–45.
  3. Del Rosso J. J Clin Aesthet Dermatol 2012; 5: 26–36.
  4. Archer CB et al. Clin Exp Dermatol 2012; 37 (Suppl. 1): 1–6.
  5. National Rosacea Society (NRS) 2015, May 28. National survey reveals that rosacea sufferers often hide behind cosmetics before treating the condition. Available at (accessed 18 April 2017).
  6. Dirschka T et al. Dermatol Ther (Heidelb) 2015; 5: 117–127.


This website is intended to provide disease state information and does not replace the advice of your healthcare professional. Patients are encouraged to seek further information about their condition from their healthcare professional.