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Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that most often affects the face. Without treatment, the condition can worsen over time. Because many of the symptoms of rosacea are similar to those of other disorders, the condition is often misdiagnosed.

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1. Types of Rosacea

There are four subtypes of rosacea, and each has its own common symptoms, though individuals can experience a combination of types.

  • Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea causes redness of the skin and flushing, as well as spider veins.
  • Papulopustular rosacea results in breakouts that can look like acne, causing redness and swelling.
  • Phymatous rosacea makes the skin thick and bumpy over time.
  • Ocular rosacea affects the eyes, causing redness and irritation that can resemble stys.
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