There are a number of symptoms, ranging from mild to severe, which vary from person-to-person.
- Redness -- This can look like nothing more than rosy cheeks or a mild sunburn. It's caused by flushing (that is, when blood rushes to the face). If flushing continues to happen, then over time the redness becomes more noticeable and does not go away.
- Pimples - As a result of continual flushing, the skin eventually becomes sensitive and pimples may appear on the face. These may be small red bumps or pus bumps (similar to teenage acne).
- Enlarged, Bumpy Nose - This condition is called rhinophyma (rhy-no-fye-muh), and may develop in the advanced stages of rosacea, especially in men. When rosacea is not treated early, the nose may develop small bumps and appear swollen.
Up to 50 percent of people who have rosacea get eye problems. Eyes can have redness, dryness, itching, burning, excess tears, and the feeling of having sand in the eye. The eyelids may become inflamed and swollen. The eyes may become sensitive to light, and the person may have blurred vision or some other kind of vision problem.