Differences between Rosacea and Eczema

Two skin conditions that share some of the same symptoms are rosacea and eczema. The conditions can cause irritation, low self esteem, and embarrassment at times. However, if you have either one you shouldn’t feel embarrassed and you should remain confident. To determine if you have rosacea or eczema, there are differences that will let you determine which condition you may or may not have. Here is a look at some of the similarities and differences between the two conditions and some ways in which to treat them.

One difference between the two conditions is where the rash or flare up is occurring. Eczema can flare up on all parts of the body ranging from the hands, feet, face, and other locations. Rosacea on the other hand only appears on the face near the nose, forehead, cheeks, and eyes. If you are experiencing dry skin and irritating flare ups on other parts of your body and not on your face, you most likely have eczema and not rosacea.

The skin conditions when they are flaring up can look similar in appearance. The skin will turn red for both, but eczema is typically more dry and scaly. Eczema will have an intense itching sensation that can produce fluids, blood, inflammation, and flaky skin. Rosacea will also cause inflammation but will also show dilated blood vessels, red flushing on the face, pimples, dry eyes, styes, and increased sensitivity around the eyes.

Both skin conditions are common yet treatable. Eczema occurs when people have very dry skin and anyone can suffer from it. Rosacea is usually found with people who are fair skinned and only affects a certain part of your body unlike eczema. There are similarities and differences with the skin conditions, yet they can be treated very similarly. One of the best ways to treat both conditions is to keep your skin moisturized. For people with rosacea, it is more important to moisturize the face unlike eczema where you need to moisture most of your body that has dry skin.

Treating both should be done with organic products that don’t have harsh chemicals and maintaining a healthy diet. Eating the right foods with natural moisturizers and vitamins can make a difference in the amount of flare ups you will have. Eczema can be treated with moisturizers such as lotion or eczema oil. Rosacea can be treated with facial moisturizers and topical creams. You shouldn’t use the same moisturizers to treat both conditions. Rosacea needs to be a salt mineral base and eczema needs to be more vitamin based.

About the Author: Melanie Nader is the founder of the Homestead Company which makes premium quality natural skin care products including eczema oil and diaper ointment made with the finest 100% natural ingredients. For more information, visit http://www.homesteadcompany.com/.

5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Christine Liu on August 12, 2011 at 3:00 AM

    I am a skin problem sufferer for years. My facial skin problem started from oily and acne condition, due to my anxiety and frustration, I have been consistently searching for products, beauty saloons and dermatologists but end up, my problems have only worsened. I am so depressed over my skin conditions (because my body’s skin also have problems) that I tried to attempt suicide. The feelings of low self esteem is killing me. Recently, I decided to visit National Skin Centre (I’m from Singapore), the doctor could not decide whether my case is rosacea or eczema or a combination of both. She prescribed me a steroid cream, cetaphil facial wash, sun block and a moisturizer. I have used it for almost a week, but I feels quite uncomfortable my face is flushing dark red, rough and  many small bumps and my face shines much. It was only I chanced upon this website that steroid cream will worsened rosacea condition, I am worried if my case is rosacea should I continue cream?


    • Hi there,
      You are not alone, many suffer with skin issues. If you read in the blog you will see that the skin is a reflection of what is going on inside. You could have a food allergy that is causing you this, and you should do some research on an elimination diet, or even the GAPS diet and you may eventually get to the root of the issue. Until then, I recommend our Eczema Oil, alone, with no other product. It is a safe, natural and effective product. I recommend you discontinue use, and when you use our oil, use it frequently in the beginning, and eventually you can use it less. I know it sounds like I am just selling our product to you, but I am not here to just sell, I stand by my products, they are effective. I am also here to answer questions to guide you to the solution. I would also recommend you start your cleansing with the plain witch hazel distillate. Sincerely, Melanie
      Read this testimonial that just came to us last week:
      I just wanted to let you guys know that your eczema oil has been amazing for me. My entire life I have had embarrassing eczema on my arms and I have worn long sleeves to cover it up. Now I’m no longer embarrassed of my arms and I’m very happy. This product has changed my life! Thanks so much!”


  2. Posted by Alexis V on January 29, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    I recently started using Made from Earth’s Rosehip Hibiscus Serum based on my dermatologist’s recommendation. The serum is great and hydrates my skin. I have rosacea and my skin tends to be extremely dry, but since using these products, I find my skin is very well hydrated and does not irritate my rosacea.


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