Rosacea is grouped into four types, based on the location and symptoms:
- Facial redness, flushing, and visible blood vessels in the center of the face: Other symptoms include dry skin, roughness or scaling, and a tendency to flush or blush easily. People with this subtype of red face often have very sensitive skin and may experience burning or stinging sensations.
- Acne-like breakouts (called acne rosacea): In this type of rosacea, the skin is very red and oily with acne-like breakouts that come and go. The redness is accompanied by visible broken blood vessels and raised patches of skin called plaques. The skin may be very sensitive with feelings of burning or stinging. This type is most common in middle-aged women.
- Thickening skin on the cheeks and nose: This type of rosacea includes a bumpy texture and visible broken blood vessels, especially on the nose. The skin may also thicken on the chin, forehead and ears. The skin in these areas is oily with large visible pores.
- Rosacea in the eyes: Symptoms may include watery or bloodshot appearance; feeling of dryness, grittiness, burning, stinging or itching; light sensitivity; blurry vision; and broken blood vessels or cysts on the eyelids.