The Difference between Acne and Rosacea

How to identify the difference between Acne and Rosacea

Acne is a very difficult condition for anyone, young or old. But of course acne is not the only problem that one can have with their skin, whether it’s the skin on their face or anywhere else. Cysts, moles, and rosacea are also a very common problem that many people have, and what is unfortunate is that most people just don’t know the difference between these. They put acne medication on their cysts or think that moles are blackheads, and so on. One of the most common mistakes they make in this area is confusing rosacea for acne itself. If people don’t get a proper understanding of what the difference is between these conditions it’s very possible to not only ignore acne at the source but to actually make the condition even worse; especially with rosacea as the skin can become inflamed and irritated if it’s not treated properly.

But how is this condition different from acne and what can you do to address it?

Acne is caused by skin sensitivity to a hormone called DHT (di-hydrotestosterone), causing the skin to thicken, oil production to increase and the rate of skin shedding to slow down. This combination causes a build up of surface debris, which with the excess oil forms a ‘plug’ in the pores of the skin, creating a blockage. Here you have comedones or pimples. When the bacteria under this ‘plug’ build up they create by-products which cause inflammation. This bacteria’s response to the skins changes results in spots. Because spots are usually red and inflamed, it’s easy to see how it can be confused with rosacea and vice versa. But it’s important to understand that rosacea is not acne.

So what is rosacea?

Rosacea is a condition where the skin becomes red, irritated and inflamed. It can also be somewhat dry and scaly. A person can have small bumps with this condition, but these pustules are not the same as acne. As a matter of fact, using acne medication on rosacea can actually make the condition worse.

The best way to understand rosacea is to compare it to a skin rash. There are many reasons for rashes, and those with this condition can inherit it from their parents or just have it develop over time. Rosacea often starts with flushing and blushing of the skin in the early stages, and overtime it worsens leading to permanent redness of the skin. The causes of rosacea are unknown but exposure to a number of triggers including UV, spicy foods and temperature changes cause the redness in the skin. While there is no overnight or quick cure, most that have rosacea are encouraged to have it treated as it does seem to get worse if ignored. Many also understand that it’s difficult to cover or hide rosacea, but with the use of Rosacure® these reactions can be lessened. Rosacure® is designed to reduce the impact of nerve stimuli triggered by diet and hormonal issues as well as improving tolerance levels by improving sensory triggers. In hospital trials 75% of Rosacea cases showed improvement within 10-42 days.  It’s also important to be sure that you really do have rosacea and not eczema or certain allergies; these too can also be treated with the right course of treatments as it’s also important to be sure that these conditions don’t spread and become worse as well.

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