Rosacea is a chronic skin disorder. Talking about coping with rosacea many will testify it goes beyond a skin condition; the emotional impact is highly involved and the impact increases as the symptoms progress. That’s why it’s very important to understand your skin condition. Rosacea bumps or acne? Distinguish these two conditions by knowing the key differences.
ROSACEA IS NOT A TYPE OF ACNE
As we said at the beginning, rosacea is a chronic disorder, mostly common in people with fair skin. It typically begins after the age of 30 as redness on the cheeks, nose, sometimes on forehead and chin. Rosacea is often divided in four different stages, depending on the progressive nature of condition:
- Facial redness
- Bumps and pimples
- Skin thickening
- Eye irritation
The symptoms of rosacea may develop slowly over years or occur all of a sudden. Since the subtype II rosacea involves breakouts and pimples, it can be misleading and rosacea suffers may self-diagnose themselves as having acne. These two skin disorders are remarkably similar, but the bottom line is there is no connection between acne and rosacea and both require different treatment.
ROSACEA BUMPS OR ACNE – HOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Let’s start from scratch by understanding what causes each condition. Acne vulgaris can be caused by hormonal changes. Rising androgen levels, the oil glands under your skin glow and produce more oil. In the other hand, rosacea is caused by the skin itself. The exact explanation is unknown. What they have in common is chronical inflammation followed by pustules and papules. So, how to distinguish ether you have rosacea bumps or acne?
Rosacea pimples are tender red bumps which do not come to whitehead. As we mentioned earlier, they usually occur on the cheeks and nose, sometimes on the chin or forehead. Unlike acne, rosacea doesn’t spread on back or chest, or neck.
Persistent redness and flushing is the most common symptom of rosacea. You might get confused if you find your face skin is shiny and red, but rosacea patient don’t have oily skin. Therefore, the lack of sebum equals lack of blackheads and whiteheads.
Another thing, rosacea causes tiny spider veins visible around the nose area.
FIND YOUR TRIGGERS
Make sure you know which condition you have. If you are certain you are coping with rosacea it is really important to keep track on what trigger the flareups. Potential triggers include:
- sun exposure
- emotional stress
- certain skin care products
- spicy food and alcohol
- weather conditions
Treating rosacea is more effective these days. The latest noninvasive laser treatments which will increase the natural production of collagen will gradually improve the skin’s appearance. Meanwhile, make sure to use gentle soap-free cleanser, avoid topical medications and always wear a sunscreen. Stick to a healthy lifestyle.