WHAT IS ROSACEA
There are 4 types of Rosacea which are all described below:
Type 1 - Flushing
This is the most common type and it may be spontaneous or can be caused by a trigger factor. The most common trigger is sun exposure, however trigger factors are very individual.
Type 2 - Papulopustular
Can occur following a period of flushing or develop at the same time. The spots look like acne, but there are no comedomes and spots may be follicular or interfollicular.
Type 3 - Phytomatous
Increased blood flow through the skin lead to hypertrophic growth of sebaceous glands and fibrous tissue leading to lumpy swelling of the skin. Often affects the nose, but can be cheeks, chin and forehead.
Type 4 - Ocular
Can affect even very mild rosacea and affect up to 50% of sufferers. Initially the eyes become gritty and dry, followed by chemosis and red eyes. In severe cases this may lead to keratitis and is a recognised cause of blindness.