Is it Acne or Rosacea?

 Dealing with skin that’s red, swollen, and painful? Before you assume that you’re dealing with adult acne, make sure that you don’t have Rosacea—a skin condition that often produces similar symptoms. But while they may look the same, Rosacea and acne should be treated very differently.

 There are several things that can cause acne—hormone fluctuations, stress, pregnancy, and an increase in androgen and sebum production, just to name a few. On the other hand, no one is really sure what causes Rosacea.

 Rosacea is often mistaken for acne because they are so similar in appearance. It starts with redness or flushing across the nose, cheeks and forehead. From there, it can develop into a rash-like appearance, along with thickening of the skin and blotchiness or skin discoloration.

 Rosacea most often affects women between the ages of 25 and 30. There also seems to be a definite genetic connection, and it seems to run in families. Additionally, Rosacea can reoccur for the rest of your life. And while there is no cure for it yet, there are treatment programs that can help you keep the signs and symptoms under control.

 If you’re not surewhat you’re dealing with, it’s best to let your dermatologist make the decision—especially since most over the counter acne meds can actually make the symptoms of Rosacea worse.

 Here are a few warning signs to look out for when deciding whether or not to make that doctor’s appointment:


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