Rosacea is a common chronic skin condition that usually occurs on the face. It predominantly affects fair-skinned individuals but may affect all skin types in people aged 40 to 60 years old. Rosacea affects the skin on the face and is characterised by persistent redness caused by dilated blood vessels, small bumps and pus-filled spots similar to acne. The condition may also cause uncomfortable inflammation of the surface of the eyes and eyelids.


What does rosacea look like?

Rosacea can cause more than redness. There are many signs and symptoms of rosacea, depending on the type of rosacea, which includes:

  1. Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea – this type of rosacea is associated with redness, flushing, and visible blood vessels.
  2. Papulopustular rosacea – this form of the condition is associated with redness, swelling, and acne-like breakouts.
  3. Phymatous rosacea – this type of rosacea is associated with the thickening of the skin and bumpy texture on the nose.
  4. Ocular rosacea – this type of rosacea is associated with red and irritated eyes, swollen eyelids. Patients may have what looks like a stye.


Rosacea is a dermatological condition and shouldn’t be dismissed as a cosmetic concern. Rosacea treatment varies depending on the severity of the condition. However, like many other chronic skin conditions, to give you the best results, rosacea treatment often begins with a bit of education. Dr Tarryn Jacobs will advise on lifestyle and diet guidance to help minimise rosacea triggers that are linked with flares. These include sun avoidance, the use of oil-free products, and the avoidance of hot spicy foods, long hot showers, and hot beverages.

During your consultation with Dr Jacobs, she will examine your skin to determine the type of rosacea you have and create a treatment plan that includes a skincare regimen, appropriate prescription medications, oral medications (if needed) and in-office treatments.