Difference between Acne and Rosacea

Acne (the proper medical term is acne vulgaris) and rosacea are two unpleasant skin conditions whose symptoms are just similar enough that a person might get them confused. But these are two entirely different skin problems, each with its own unique set of symptoms and remedies.

The biggest difference between acne and rosacea is the typical age of the patients who get them. Acne is most common in teenagers and people in their early twenties. By contrast, rosacea usually only occurs in people thirty and older. Furthermore, acne is much more common than rosacea. In fact, acne is the most common skin problem of all. Most people have come down with a case of acne at some point in their lives. And while many people probably don’t even know what rosacea is, almost everyone could explain what acne is.

Rosacea and acne have different causes, too. Acne is caused by a blockage of the skin’s pores or the hair follicles, whereas rosacea involves a “neurovascular” problem; with rosacea, there’s a swelling of the blood vessels of the face. These dilating blood vessels lead to red splotches across the nose and cheeks, an underlying facial redness that is not typical of acne.

Then there’s the matter of bumps and pimples that appear on the skin. When a person suffers from acne, he or she gets blackheads or whiteheads, pimples which are filled with pus. The bumps appearing on the skin of a person with rosacea, however, are red and not filled with pus. And a person suffering from acne can develop pimples on his or her back, neck, chest and elsewhere on the body, while rosacea is almost always confined to the face. It’s also much more common for acne to leave permanent scarring, especially if a person suffering from acne attempts to “pop” the pimples as a way of getting rid of them.

Another major difference between these two conditions is that rosacea can have an effect on the eyes. Conjunctivitis, blurred vision and dry or sensitive eyes are all common rosacea symptoms (although not all rosacea patients will suffer from them). Acne, on the other hand, usually has no effect on the eyes.

While these diseases may be much more different than alike, there are a few things acne and rosacea have in common. For instance, to prevent both conditions patients are advised to take good care of their skin. This means keeping the skin clean and moist, avoiding heavy and harsh makeups and other cosmetics, and avoiding prolonged exposure to sunlight. And both rosacea and acne can be treated through antibiotic oral medications or creams. However, that doesn’t mean that acne and rosacea medications are interchangeable. In fact, the opposite is true: people suffering from rosacea should AVOID using acne treatments in an effort to clear up their condition. The reason for this is that acne treatments are often strong, even harsh, and they can actually aggravate a case of rosacea.



Rosacea Your Self Help Guide by Arlen Brownstein

Rosacea Your Self-Help Guide was authored by Arlen Brownstein, M.S., N.D.  and Donna Shoemaker, C.N. and was published by Harbinger Publications, Inc.  My copy was printed in 2001 and I acquired it a few years ago.

Arlen Brownstein M.S., N.D., is a Naturopathic Physician who has a masters degree in nutrition from the University of Connecticut. The book is co-authored by Donna Shoemaker, C.N., who is a Certified Nutritionist with her degree from the American Health Sciences University.

First off, I must say that Rosacea Your Self Help Guide by Arlen Brownstein is great. It really helps define what is Rosacea, gives you the basics including some of the older treatments options (this was over a decade ago), it helps make sense of the condition and how to go about figuring out your own triggers. Arlen also talks about stress management, makup, nutrition, and other good points.

Why did I take over Rosacea World:

I have been suffering with Rosacea for over 15 years. For the last 5 years all the doctors I went to were prescribing all sorts of antibiotics, topical gels and facial cleaners. Up until 2 years ago I was able to keep my Rosacea under control.

For the first 5 years, doctors didn’t properly diagnose me. Some said it was a staff infection, others had no idea. They cultured the pustules and tried everything.  Over the course of the last 20 years starting in my late 20’s I must have seen over a half dozen different dermatologists.  A few years ago I found a local dermatologist that diagnosed my condition as Rosacea and later found this book.

I believe this site was originally intended to become a community of Rosacea patients with some type of forum. My guess is it never really got off the ground.  In 2009 I noticed that the site was no longer online and  had broken links.  Since I have Rosacea and I’m in the internet business I decided to purchase the expired domain to tell my story in hopes that it helps others in the spirit of what the author originally intended.

While it is not an open forum right now, I will be posting a lot of content and blogs where people can comment and ask questions. Hopefully others will chime in and respond.  If you would like to be an author on Rosacea World, please contact me.

Please note that I’m not selling any products on this web site; no books, no potions, no pills, no make-up, no beauty secrets. The only thing you will see are third party advertisements (typically from Google or another advertiser) in an effort to help defray the cost of hosting and running the web site. All the information on the site will be free of charge. No memberships, no pop-ups, no opt-in forms or trials of any kind.

All I ask is that you respect one another and do not leave unnecessary comments. If you like what you read and the information contained on this web site is helpful, please enjoy it, share it, and tell your friends.  If you see an interesting advertisement on this web site, by all means, please check it out to help support us!


Rosacea Your Self Help Guide

Rosacea Your Self Help Guide