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Identifying The Four Types Of Rosacea

A common skin condition, rosacea affects many of us and the trademark symptoms of this chronic condition are small, pus-filled bumps on the skin and facial redness. The flare-ups of this can wreak havoc on your skin’s health. To treat rosacea skin condition, it is important to understand what are the major types of rosacea that can occur. 

The signs and symptoms are different for each type of the skin condition. This can act as a guide to cope with the condition, know what to avoid, and how you can treat it as well! Yuo can also get a better idea of the causes of rosacea here.

Woman With And Without Rosacea


What Are The Four Rosacea Types

The major types of rosacea are:

  1. Type 1 – Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea:

    The most common type, it is the combination of facial redness or ‘erythema’, visible veins or ‘telangiectasia’, and a flushed face. You can also experience a burning sensation in this type of rosacea. It is treatable with topical medication like applying lotions, creams, and gels.

  2. Type 2 – Papulopustular Rosacea:

    This type is where papules and pastules come in. The feeling of stinging or burning is experienced in this type of rosacea as well. While topical medication is how this type is treated, it is generally accompanied by a low dose of oral medication advised by your doctor.
    Rosacea In The Eyes
  3. Type 3 – Phymatous Rosacea:

    This type of rosacea is noticeable with the thickening of your facial skin, which is caused by excessive amounts of tissue underneath the skin. Laser treatment or oral medication are generally the way this type can be treated.

  4. Type 4 – Ocular Rosacea:

    The distinctive type of rosacea, it is different from the rest in symptoms, causes, and treatment. Commonly seen among people with dry eyes, it is characterised by itchy, burning, watery, and red eyelids. It is usually treated with artificial tears, habitual care of the eyelids, and oral medication.

Rosacea Types - Which One Do I Have? 

To know which type of rosacea you have, here are the causes and symptoms of each type:

  • Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea: There are three symptoms that characterise this type of rosacea.
    • Erythema or the reddening of your skin is triggered by factors such as long durations of sun exposure, stressful situations, and alcohol consumption.
    • The feeling of your face burning up and flushing is the result of an increased flow of blood to the face.
    • Spider veins or the visibility of veins or telangiectasia is when the small blood vessels rise to the surface of your skin.

  • Papulopustular Rosacea:What makes up the second type of rosacea? Pastules or red bumps, and papules or red, pus-filled bumps are usually a clear sign of this type. You will see these on your face, which is inflamed with a reddening appearance. 

  • Phymatous Rosacea: This type of rosacea is identified by a thickening of the skin on your face. Your nose may look swollen because of rhinophyma or thickening of the nose. Similarly, your forehead is thickened with metophyma, and your chin with gnathophyma.

  • Ocular Rosacea: The signs of this type of rosacea are seen only in your eyelids. The eyes could feel extreme itchiness, watering, blurriness, or irritation. Red eyes are also a symptom of ocular rosacea. 
Rosacea Symptoms

What Are The Risk Factors Associated With Rosacea? 

There are certain causes and triggers to watch out for when it comes to keeping your skin from developing rosacea. It usually starts to develop between the ages of 30 to 50, among people with light-skin tones, blonde-coloured hair, and naturally blue eyes. Another risk factor that may be hard to escape is that rosacea runs in families. The genes you are born with could make you susceptible to developing this skin condition.

The chances of developing rosacea reduce when you use a gentle cleanser, which is water or gel based. The light foam of Coco Soul’s Natural Face Cleanser is rich in neem, gotukola, and virgin coconut oil. The hydrating face wash is ideal to soothe your skin, without drying it out. The ingredients in this 100% organic and vegan face cleanser enrich your skin, while revitalising it. Your skin’s inflammation is reduced with the cooling formulation, while the acne-inducing condition is controlled with the rich ayurvedic herbs.

Treatment Tips For Rosacea

Depending on your rosacea type, you can identify your triggers and avoid them to reduce the flare-ups. In addition to this, review your skin care products, cosmetics, hygiene, and personal care ingredients to check for any substances that could trigger inflammation. Going for chemical-free products, and nature-derived ingredients is the ideal way to reduce the effects of rosacea. To start you off, some of the ingredients that are a big ‘yes’ in your routine are aloe vera, turmeric, mushroom, oatmeal, licorice, and teas.

If you are looking for more skincare products like the face cleanser we mentioned above, you can check out the wide range of nature-inspired products by Coco Soul. It is a brand that is based on the ethos of ayurveda, bringing the goodness of herbs to you by infusing them into the products of skin care and hair care. Head on over to Coco Soul’s website to check them out now! You can also see our complete blog on natural treatments for rosacea for some help.

Frequently Asked Questions on Rosacea Types (FAQs) 

  1. Are there different kinds of rosacea skin condition?

    Yes, there are four types of rosacea that can develop as a skin condition. The most common type of rosacea is ETR or erythematotelangiectatic rosacea, which is seen your face is flushed with redness or blood rushing to your face. It is also characterised by visible veins on your face.

  2. What are the four types of rosacea?

    The four types of rosacea skin are erythematotelangiectatic, papulopustular, phymatous, and ocular rosacea. Each type is characterised by its own symptoms, has different causes, and treatment options.

  3. What foods to avoid if you have rosacea skin condition?

    Spicy food, hot beverages, alcohol, and dairy products are foods that could trigger the skin condition of rosacea. The flare-ups are caused because these foods add heat to your body, and have histamine. 


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