Although recognizing rosacea is not a problem for a dermatologist, people without medical background often confuse it with acne, sensitive skin and even psoriasis. All these skin conditions have nothing in common and require different approaches and treatments, that’s why it is essential to know how to distinguish them correctly.
Rosacea often begins with a tendency to blush more easily than before. At first, the redness goes away completely in an hour or so. After a while, it can permanently occupy your face’s T-zone. Even your ears, chest, and back can become reddish.
There are four types of rosacea:
– Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea
– Papulopustular rosacea
– Phymatous rosacea
– Ocular rosacea
The papulopustular type of rosacea is characterized by redness, swelling, and acne-like breakouts and is often confused with acne vulgaris. The attempt to self-medicate it, especially with DIY recipes from the internet, usually it ends in far more severe dermatological problems.
The differences between acne and rosacea breakouts:
1) The location of breakouts: acne vulgaris usually appears on the face, neck, back, chest or shoulders. Rosacea typically appears on the face and sometimes extends to scalp, neck, chest and upper back.
2) Rosacea could develop in all people regardless of age, gender and skin color, but the most frequent rosacea patients are fair-skinned women in their 30s. Acne is most common among teens, although it also can plague anyone.
Here you can find a perfectly illustrated brochure that could help you to distinguish rosacea breakouts from acne.
Sensitive skin has compromised protective barrier, which makes it more defenseless against environmental factors. It also tends to flush and bring a lot of discomfort. Your skin could be excessively delicate due to genetics or because of inappropriate skin care regimen. High level of stress and lack of sleep also contribute to skin sensitivity.
We also had written a brief article dedicated to psoriasis before, please check it to obtain a clearer picture of this skin condition.
If left untreated, all the skin conditions mentioned above could lead to aesthetical, psychological and sometimes even more severe health issues, so it’s important to see your dermatologist before it becomes worse. Skin is the largest organ of your body that has many important functions, and it definitely deserves some attention and care.
Climate conditions in Florida, with its hot, humid weather and high level of insolation, are not very friendly to our skin. People who live around here and have rosacea-prone skin may suffer from frequent flare-ups and require the help of a professional dermatologist.
We welcome you to schedule an appointment with Goodless Dermatology. We’ll suggest treatments to relieve the discomfort and the embarrassing appearance of the condition as well as to reduce the frequency and severity of the rosacea outbreaks in the future.
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