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Is rosacea the same as acne?

Rosacea and acne have very similar appearances and they are often confused for one another by non-specialists. They both involve redness and breakouts on the face. Acne usually will involve redness and larger pimples and can cause scarring if left untreated. Rosacea has more diffuse redness around the cheeks and if you look closely you will see small pimples and small red blood vessels on the face called telangiectasias. 

Is rosacea common? 

Rosacea is a common chronic inflammatory acne-like disorder that affects approximately 10% of fair-skinned people. It usually begins from ages 30 to 50 and is more common.  in Caucasian females although it is present in darker skinned individuals and is often under-diagnosed in them


What causes rosacea? 

The exact cause of rosacea is unknown but people with rosacea will experience episodes of “flushing” of the skin in response to exposure to the sun or heat, hot liquids, spicy foods, alcohol, or feeling embarrassed. It can last days to months. In severe cases, it can cause distortions of the face, most commonly the nose, ears and chin. If it gets this severe, it can be very difficult to treat or reverse.


How do you treat rosacea? 
Our office has targeted treatments for rosacea which include topical medications such as topical antibiotics. We also have laser treatments and light therapy which target the redness and rejuvenate the skin's appearance.

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