Do you think you might have rosacea? Take our quiz…

Rosacea usually appears on the face and can cause redness, flushing, pimples, broken blood vessels, thickened skin and occasionally eye irritation. But symptoms can vary from person to person and you may not experience all of the symptoms. 1

Take our quiz to see if you symptoms are related to rosacea and find out more on our ‘How to Spot It’ page.

The quiz

Your age, sex and family history can all affect your chances of suffering from rosacea. Please tick the answers that apply to you to find out more:

  1. Are you:

    • Male

      Male: Although rosacea is more common in women, men tend to experience more severe symptoms. It is thought to affect up to 1 in 10 people 2,3

    • Female

      Female: Rosacea is more common in women, and middle aged women are at higher risk due to hot flushes caused by the menopause. It is thought to affect up to 1 in 10 people 3

  2. How old are you?

  3. Do you have fair or light skin?

    • Yes

      Yes: People with fair skin or those who tend to blush easily, are at higher risk of rosacea 2

    • No

      No: Although rosacea commonly affects those with fair skin, it still occurs in people of different skin tones, including those of African or Asian origin 3

  4. Do any of your family members suffer from rosacea?

    • Yes No

      Rosacea tends to run in families so there may be a genetic cause. However it is not fully understood whether rosacea is hereditary 4

  5. Do you experience flushing that causes your skin to turn red? 1

    • Yes No

      Flushing is often the first sign of rosacea and can last up to five minutes. It is caused by changes in body temperature 1,4

  6. Do you find red, blotchy patches of skin, similar to sunburn, on parts of your face and neck? 1

    • Yes No

      Noticing blotchy, red patches is the most common sign of rosacea, and usually affects the cheeks, nose and chin1

  7. Can you see broken blood vessels under the skin of your cheeks? 1

    • Yes No

      People with rosacea may have red skin due to inflammation in the small blood vessels under the skin’s surface. In some cases the blood vessels can burst which can increase the redness 1

  8. Have you noticed any red bumps or spots filled with pus on your skin? 1

    • Yes No

      Some types of rosacea can cause spots and small cysts under the skin, which are often mistaken for adult acne. They can come and go, but rosacea spots are unlikely to scar your skin 1

  9. Have you noticed a change in the thickness and texture of your skin, for example around your nose? 1

    • Yes No

      Skin thickening around the nose is associated with a more serious form of rosacea, and is more common in men than women 1

  10. Do you have dry, sensitive or bloodshot eyes? 1

    • Yes No

      This could be a sign of ocular rosacea which affects the eyes. It appears as though your eyes are always bloodshot and dry. Sometimes the symptoms of ocular rosacea can occur before you notice any symptoms on your skin 5

  11. Is your skin dry or rough? 1

    • Yes No

      People with rosacea are more prone to dry and peeling skin, as opposed to greasy skin 1

  12. Do you experience a stinging sensation on your face? 1

    • Yes No

      Along with a stinging sensation, your skin may feel itchy and tight on your face if you suffer from rosacea 6

  13. Do you experience any swelling on your face? 1

    • Yes No

      You may notice facial swelling either alongside other signs of rosacea or independently 6

      Your symptoms may worsen at particular times 1 or with exposure to certain triggers. To find out more about the symptoms of rosacea and the factors that trigger rosacea flare-ups

      If you think you may be suffering from rosacea and would like a diagnosis of your symptoms please consult your healthcare professional for further advice.


  1. NHS, Rosacea – Symptoms, July 2012
  2. WebMD, Your Skin and Rosacea, July 2012
  3. NHS, Rosacea, July 2012
  4. British Skin Foundation, Rosacea, 2014
  5. National Rosacea Society, Ocular rosacea can threaten sight, 2004
  6. National Rosacea Society, All about rosacea, 2014