Because both acne and Rosacea appear so similar, it is very common for people to get the two conditions confused. Both Rosacea and acne make the sufferer’s face red, both are uncomfortable and both can lead to awkward social situations. There are major differences between the two, however.
While doctors are still unsure of all the facts about Rosacea, most medical professionals are in agreement that Rosacea is connected to the vascular section of the skin on the face. Also, unlike the common triggers for acne, which include not keeping your skin clean and stress, Rosacea seems to be brought on by the same factors that are responsible for blushing.
Acne, on the other hand is caused by blocked pours in the skin that cause dirt and oil to build up and cause a small, localized infection. This is why when a pimple caused by acne is burst; a small amount of puss, along with the pimple-causing dirt comes out.
Rosacea also does not cause the usual oily skin and blackheads that are associated with acne. Also, Rosacea is seldom ever found anywhere on the body except the face, while most teenagers can tell you that acne can be found almost anywhere.
A key determining factor of whether you have Rosacea or acne comes from the fact that many of the creams and pads that are commonly used to battle acne actually make Rosacea worse. Doctors aren’t completely sure why this happens, but if you are treating your acne with the common over-the-counter cures and you don’t see the persistent facial redness going away, you should consult a doctor about getting checked out for Rosacea.
Pimples can be a symptom of Rosacea, but normally only for extremely advanced cases, and while Rosacea is most common in people 30-50, acne, of course, is most common in teenagers and young adults. The pimples associated with Rosacea usually tend to be smaller and not as plentiful as they are with acne outbreaks. With closer examination, the smaller Rosacea pimples are really nothing like the much larger, bulbous blackheads that are common with acne. The Rosacea pimples tend to be much smaller, flatter and not covered in the tell-tale excess skin oil that is so common with acne.
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Causes of acne in adults can be just as varied as the causes of Rosacea. There are thought to be links to diet, hormone imbalances, stress, genetics and vitamin deficiencies. While some of these same triggers are also thought to trigger Rosacea, telling the difference between the two conditions should be fairly simple.
As a rule, self-diagnosis isn’t a good idea, however. If you have any questions about any medical condition that you think you might have, the best thing to do is to check with a doctor for an expert opinion.
Neither acne nor Rosacea is any fun to deal with. Medical science has, however, made great strides in dealing with acne. Hopefully, modern science will soon make the same leap in dealing with Rosacea.
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