Rosacea or Acne? | FACELAB

Rosacea or Acne?

Tuesday 12, 2019 | by Courtney

At Facelab, patients often present with what they believe to be acne that doesn't respond to conventional treatments and occasionally the condition becomes worse.

The answer is simple. There are 4 types of rosacea, one of which is very similar and often mistaken as acne. Misdiagnosis leads to incorrect treatment and no improvement.

Rosacea is a non-contagious, skin inflammatory condition affecting the face. Small surface blood vessels that are engorged with blood gives a reddish appearance that can make the skin appear 'flush'. This can appear on the forehead, cheeks, and chin and can occasionally present as papules and pustules and can easily be mistaken for pimples. Rosacea generally occurs after the age of 30, and can affect any skin type.

Acne, on the other hand usually occurs around puberty and early adulthood. Unlike rosacea it can occur anywhere on the face and body. If you believe that you may have rosacea and not sure what to do, or how to have it treated, book a consultation visit with one of Facelab's clinicians. Following a thorough examination, an appropriate treatment plan can be recommended, resulting in an improvement of the skin's appearance. It is important to remember that rosacea is a condition that often requires long term management. Unfortunately, there is no secret treatment that can eliminate rosacea forever, so an ongoing maintenance plan can also be discussed helping you with your long term comprehensive skin management.

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