The effects of rosacea may be more than skin deep. Persistent redness, lumps and bumps can leave you feeling self-conscious and embarrassed.1-3 While makeup might hide the physical signs of rosacea skin conditions, it can’t hide the way it makes you feel.

If you are worried that rosacea is holding you back, have an honest conversation with your doctor. With the right advice, you can take control, find the rosacea treatment that's right for you and end the cover up. 



What is rosacea?

Rosacea is a chronic (ongoing) inflammatory skin condition that usually affects the face. People of all skin colours and types can get rosacea, but it’s more common in people with fair skin.4

Signs and symptoms of rosacea include:5,6

  • Persistent facial redness (the medical term is erythema)
  • Lumps and bumps (the medical terms are papules and pustules)
  • Visible blood vessels
  • Stinging and burning, or other facial discomfort
  • Thickening/swelling of the skin on the nose
  • Eye redness or sensitivity ± sties or swollen eyelids

Types of rosacea

The rosacea signs can be used to roughly categorise the condition into 4 general types:5-7

Persistent Facial Redness2,5-7

Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea, or ETR

Lumps and Bumps5-7

Papulopustular rosacea, or PPR

Swelling/ Thickening of the nose5-7

Phymatous rosacea

Eye Redness/ Sensitivity5-7

Ocular rosacea


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  2.  Moore S. Face values: Global Perceptions Survey report 2013.
  3.  National Rosacea Society (NRS) 2015, May 28. National survey reveals that rosacea sufferers often hide behind cosmetics before treating the condition. Available at www.rosacea.org/press/national-survey-reveals-rosacea-sufferers-often-hide-behind-cosmetics-treating-condition (accessed 18 April 2017).
  4.  Del Rosso J et al. Cutis 2013; 92: 234–240.
  5.  Wolf J. Acne and rosacea: Differential diagnosis and treatment in the primary care setting. Available at www.medscape.org/viewarticle/441986_1 (accessed 18 April 2017).
  6.  Del Rosso J. J Clin Aesthet Dermatol 2012; 5: 26–36.
  7.  Goldgar C et al. Am Fam Physician 2009; 80: 461–468.


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.