Rosacea is a skin condition that affects parts of the face. It is sometimes called ''acne rosacea'' as it can look similar to acne. However, it is a different condition to acne.

Symptoms of rosacea include one or more of the following:

1. Frequent flushing of the face, similar to blushing. This is often the first symptom and may be the only symptom for months or years before anything else develops.

2. Redness of parts of the face. This can look similar to sunburn.

3. Small lumpy red spots and small cysts (pustules) on the face. The spots and cysts look similar to acne. These may 'come and go' in some cases, but remain long-term unless treated in others.

4. Telangiectasia on the face. These are tiny blood vessels under the skin which you can see and can become quite prominent on the face.

5. Eye symptoms (also called ''ocular rosacea'') occur in about half of cases, but are often mild. They can include:
- A feeling of something in the eye
- Burning, stinging or itchy eyes
- Dryness
- Sensitivity to light
- Eyelid problems such as cysts, styes or eyelid inflammation

6. Thickening of the skin occurs in some cases. The most well known example of this is called a rhinophyma (a bulbous, bumpy nose). This is uncommon.


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