There are many features of rosacea. People can present with one or a combination of these features (a phenotype):
Persistent facial redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead is a hallmark sign of rosacea. Doctors may diagnose rosacea based on this symptom alone. In fair skinned people, there is often a history of flushing and blushing as well.
Thickening of the skin on the nose, ears or chin is a hallmark sign of rosacea. Doctors may diagnose rosacea based on this symptom alone. The skin may look swollen, bumpy and red. The nose may appear bulbous.
Inflamed, red bumps and pimples (papules and pustules) on the cheeks, chin or forehead are a common sign of rosacea. This symptom of rosacea is often mistaken for adult acne.
Visible, tiny blood vessels on the cheeks and nose are a frequent sign of rosacea.
Deep, long periods of flushing (from 10 minutes to over an hour) is a common symptom of rosacea. The skin may feel burning hot or stings. Flushing is triggered within seconds.
Irritated, red, gritty eyes. The eyelids may become red too and there may be crusting. Potentially serious eye conditions may occur in more severe cases.
The skin may feel burning or stinging.
The face may be swollen during flushing or afterwards
The skin may be rough, dry and scaly.