Rosacea and eczema are both chronic skin conditions. They share some symptoms, such as itching, but there are differences. For instance, rosacea can involve pustules and flushing, while eczema can cause scaling and blistering.
This article compares and contrasts rosacea and eczema. After defining these conditions, it discusses their symptoms, causes, and treatments, as well as when to see a doctor. Finally, it answers some common questions about rosacea and eczema.
There are some important differences between rosacea and eczema.
Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory condition that
Eczema is another chronic skin condition. It
The table below summarizes the key symptoms of eczema and rosacea. The next section will discuss them in greater detail.
|visible blood vessels||X|
|raised bumps on the skin (papules)||X||X|
|pus-filled bumps (pustules)||X|
|thickening of skin||X||X|
|scaly patches of skin||X|
|changes in skin pigmentation||X||X|
Although eczema and rosacea have some overlapping symptoms, there are also some important differences between the symptoms of the two conditions.
The skin symptoms of rosacea
- itchy skin
- visible blood vessels
- thickening of skin
- changes in skin pigmentation
It is also common for rosacea to cause symptoms in and around the eyes, including:
- a tingling or burning sensation
- a feeling like there is something in the eye
- blurred vision
- light sensitivity
According to a 2022 review published in
The symptoms of eczema
- a rash
- itchy skin
- raised skin
- thickened skin
- dry skin
- skin discoloration
Like rosacea, eczema can look different depending on a person’s skin tone. According to a 2021 article published in the
Rosacea and eczema may have some similar causes.
According to a review published in
In people with rosacea, the skin responds to these changes by releasing different immune cells. This process causes inflammation, which may contribute to rosacea symptoms.
Researchers do not yet know the exact causes of follicular eczema. According to a 2019 article published in
- certain genetic mutations
- immune system responses to external triggers, which cause inflammation
- insufficient production of skin barrier proteins
Eczema symptoms can also suddenly worsen. This is called an eczema flare-up, and it often arises in response to external triggers. Common eczema triggers
- dust mites
- some foods, such as fish, peanuts, and rice
- high humidity
- high heat
- certain fabrics, such as acrylic and wool
Some people may also experience eczema flare-ups with no apparent cause.
There are some important similarities and differences between rosacea and eczema treatments.
Rosacea is an incurable condition. However, some treatment options
- identifying and avoiding triggers to prevent symptoms from worsening
- practicing a daily skin routine, which may include using sunscreen and moisturizing and cleansing the skin with products that have an optimal pH balance
- taking anti-inflammatory medications
Some anti-inflammatory medications are not suitable for people with rosacea. These include topical steroids, which may worsen symptoms.
Eczema is also incurable. However, people
- identifying and avoiding triggers to reduce the chance of flare-ups
- treating eczema flare-ups with topical anti-inflammatory medications
- moisturizing the skin with a fragrance-free moisturizer every day
A healthcare professional may also prescribe different treatments depending on the type of eczema and its severity.
Anyone with symptoms of eczema or rosacea should consult a doctor. Once a doctor makes a diagnosis, they can put together an effective treatment plan. They can also discuss the outlook for people with either condition.
People with rosacea
A person with rosacea may also experience depression and anxiety. For this reason, mental health treatment may be helpful to people with this condition.
People with eczema are at an
Eczema makes people prone to skin infections. Though relatively rare, some of these infections can be very serious. These include eczema herpeticum and eczema cosackium, both of which can be fatal.
Below are answers to some of the most common questions about rosacea and eczema.
Can rosacea look like eczema?
Rosacea and eczema do have some symptoms in common, such as redness, dryness, and raised skin.
What is the difference between eczema and rosacea?
Although these are both chronic skin conditions, only eczema is
Is rosacea dry and flaky?
Dry skin and flaky skin
Rosacea and eczema are chronic skin conditions. Although they have some symptoms in common, rosacea and eczema are different in many respects.
People should consult a doctor if they think they may have eczema or rosacea. A healthcare professional can diagnose the condition and make sure a person receives appropriate treatment.