Differences between rosacea and acne for Plano, TX area patients
It is not uncommon for patients to have questions for their dermatologist in regards to similar conditions such as rosacea and acne. Both are conditions that occur mostly on the face, and can cause redness and pimples. However, patients in Plano, TX are often asking Drs. Achtman and McConnell about the differences between these two skin problems. While both acne and rosacea often have similar treatments, they are completely different disorders that require tailored and regular attention.
Rosacea is a more chronic inflammatory condition that causes progressive reddening of the face. More severe stages of rosacea can result in pimples and inflammation. This is why the two conditions can be confused with each other. However, rosacea is often a result of a trigger. Factors such as stress or new facial creams which cause a flare-up of the condition. Additionally, patients with rosacea may also have others in their family who have been affected by this condition. It is highly prevalent in patients who are blonde, have light skin, and are of English or Scottish descent. It is less commonly seen in patients who are African-American, Latino, or Asian.
Acne is a condition that is caused by plugged sebaceous glands. While it can also cause a mild redness of the skin, this is often associated with pimples that are red, white, or black. Whiteheads, blackheads, and pustules are seen on the skin. Acne can be addressed with topical creams and medications that often contain benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or topical antibiotics. It is important to have your acne evaluated by a dermatologist to make sure that your form of acne will not cause any permanent skin scarring. Rosacea patients tend to have more sensitive skin and topical treatments and antibiotics are very carefully chosen for this condition.
Although chemical peels, light treatments, laser therapies, topical creams and oral medications are often used to control both these conditions, each condition requires its own specific ingredients and settings. Patients who are interested in learning about the differences between rosacea and acne and believe they may have one or the other can contact our team at DSA Dermatology in Plano, TX and receive the proper diagnosis and treatment of their condition. A high quality, caring dermatological staff is pertinent to ensuring patients receive the right treatment for their problem and see improvements in the way their skin looks and feels. This allows us to help our patients recover their self-confidence and pride, and feel as if they control their skin condition, and not the other way around!
At DSA Dermatology, we bring to you the best of not one but three leading dermatologists in Plano TX, Dr. Daniel S. Achtman, Dr. Carmine G. McConnell and Dr. Jordan. Achtman.
Dr. Achtman is a board-certified Dermatologist with over three decades of experience. Having graduated from the medical school of McMaster University, he also studied at the UTSW Medical Center in Dallas, TX where he also served as Chief Resident in the Department of Dermatology. In addition to possessing extensive training and experience in cosmetic enhancement techniques, Dr. Achtman is widely known as a leading expert in the diagnosis and treatment of various skin cancers. He is an active member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. Dr. Achtman goes the extra mile to understand your medical concerns and to ensure that he helps you meet your unique aesthetic goals.
Dr. Carmine G. McConnell is a board-certified physician in Plano TX. Having been trained at McMaster University, Canada, she went on to earn her board certification in Texas. Having served as Chief of Staff of her department at Plano Medical Center, she has over two decades of experience in practicing medicine in her practice and while assisting Dr. Achtman in the practice of dermatology. In addition to her extensive postgraduate training in laser therapy and aesthetic surgery, among other procedures, she possesses vast experience in both cosmetic dermatological techniques and family medicine. As a conscientious and caring physician, Dr. McConnell provides her patients with customized non-surgical treatments to help address health and aesthetic concerns related to the skin. She is also keen on helping patients understand their skin and how it can be cared for and protected.
Dr. Jordan Achtman is a board-certified dermatologist in DSA Dermatology at Plano, TX. Dr. J. Achtman graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and completed his residency in dermatology at UT Southwestern. His expertise spans general, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. Dr. J. Achtman also has various special interests including chronic itch, infectious diseases of the skin, and the relationship between mental health and skin health. He is also very keen on helping patients form healthy skincare regimens and habits. In the hands of Dr. J. Achtman, you can be assured of innovative and cutting edge solutions for all your skin concerns.
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