August 11, 2022 2 min read

It can be difficult to tell the difference between acne and rosacea because both cause the skin to develop bumps, redness, and pustules. Though, there can be several distinct features that set them apart from each other. 

Rosacea is more prevalent in adults over 30 years of age. The redness that occurs with rosacea tends to appear in larger areas and becomes apparent during some activities, drinking alcohol, and eating certain foods, which is called “flushing”. People associate rosacea with acne because you can experience pimples or smaller bumps that resemble those of acne. Along with pimples and bumps, other symptoms of the condition involve itchy, thick skin and sometimes irritation around the eyes. 

Acne has other qualities that can help distinguish the two, including clogged pores leading to whiteheads, blackheads, deep nodules, and swelling. More commonly seen in teenagers and young adults, acne is generally found on the face, jawline, neck, chest, shoulders, and back. Whereas rosacea can be seen mostly on the forehead, nose, and cheeks. 

Treatment for acne or rosacea can vary, which is why it is important to speak to a Skin Care Specialist to evaluate your skin and develop a solution tailored to your skin needs. 

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