Acne Rosacea

It’s Not Acne at All

In recent surveys it was documented that over 80% of the public is unfamiliar with the condition known as Rosacea. One in 20 people suffer from this skin condition. If you are over thirty you should seek the counsel of a dermatologist if you have the symptoms. This condition has been mislabeled acne Rosacea, and efforts are underway to educate the public about the differences. Doctors are currently establishing a standardized grading system for determinations. Rosacea is not acne at all, and requires a completely different course of treatment. If left untreated, this condition can cause permanent skin damage.

If this skin problem were acne Rosacea it would manifest due to the blockage of pores from sebum, bacteria and dead skin cells. It does not have its genesis here. Unlike the sebaceous origins of acne, Rosacea involves the skin and blood vessels. The symptoms are persistent redness and swelling of areas of the face that usually flush. There may be acne-like pustules and papules, which often lead to misdiagnoses. There may be burning, stinging and dermatitis or swollen areas on the face. These symptoms present on the cheeks, central forehead, chin and nose. You may also have watery eyes as a secondary symptom.

The exact causes of the mislabeled acne Rosacea are as yet unknown in the medical community. What is currently known is that there are triggers for those who experience a flushing response. These vary with the individual and have a wide range of sources. Some of the documented triggers are spicy foods, chocolate, cheese and alcohol. Environmental triggers are sunlight and cold winds. It has also been found that vigorous exercise and stress can activate this response. Each person should, therefore, attempt by process of elimination, to determine what food or situation is causing the flush response.

It is the current speculation that after so many flush responses, the blood vessels simply wear out and remain dilated. This can lead to permanent damage to the skin. Laser treatments are very effective at treating these “broken” blood vessels. Also, do not use harsh cleansers on your face. This will increase the likelihood of skin damage. Topical treatments can assist with the acne-type eruptions. If you are over 30 and have these symptoms it is advised that you seek medical counsel. Do not make the mistake that this is acne Rosacea or you will be treating the wrong condition.