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!
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