Acne or Rosacea: How to Tell the Difference

Updated: May 31, 2021

You thought those red blotches and breakouts on your face was a sign of acne. You thought your acne would fade in time, but it didn’t. Chances are, you don’t have acne but a skin condition called rosacea, is a common skin condition that causes redness and visible blood vessels in your face. It may also produce small, red, pus-filled bumps.

The first step to finding an effective treatment is getting an accurate diagnosis. If you’re unsure if those red bumps on your face are acne, rosacea, or a little of both, count on us to give you the help you need. At D’Auria Esthetics & Wellness, we’ve got the latest technology and innovative techniques that effectively address some of your most problematic skin and complexion issues, for a more healthy, vibrant look.

Acne and rosacea are similar in that they both stem from a problem with your pores and both conditions can cause tiny pimples, pustules or cysts. While acne can occur anywhere on the face, neck, back, upper arms, and shoulders, rosacea is confined to the center of the face (cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead). Acne is common in the teen years, but rosacea typically doesn't appear before age 30.

Similar symptoms, different triggers

For the most part, rosacea is triggered externally and acne is triggered internally. Rosacea triggers can include factors like sunlight, heat, cold, stress, alcohol, hot beverages, and spicy foods. Acne is usually triggered by hormonal fluctuations, which is why it often occurs during puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause.

Treatment for both focuses on controlling signs and symptoms. A combination of good skin care and prescription topical creams or gels can help reduce redness. For moderate or severe cases, antibiotics may be prescribed. Laser therapy treatments can also be used to reduce redness.

Committed to healthy, beautiful skin

If you suffer from troublesome acne or rosacea, the office of D’Auria Esthetics & Wellness can help you get the right care. You can count on our expertise and high level of compassionate care to help you look and feel your best. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

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