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Acne Rosacea

Rosacea is quite often mistaken for acne because of the similar symptoms. Rosacea starts with a little redness on the cheeks and sprouts into a chronic skin disorder that can be very discomforting and embarrassing. Acne Rosacea can be controlled if noticed and treated in the early stages.

What is Acne Rosacea?
Rosacea is an inflammatory skin disease that mostly affects the cheeks, nose, forehead, and chin. It causes red bumps and small red lines (Telangiectasias) to appear on the affected areas. Because these small red bumps look like pimples, and the fact that it normally occurs in adults, Rosacea is often mistaken as adult acne or Acne Rosacea. However, with Rosacea, there are no whiteheads or blackheads. Rosacea often sprouts into larger problems such as Conjunctivitis (eyes) and Rhinophyma (nose) - further explanations later in this article. It occurs in both sexes, and like acne, more often in women.

What causes Rosacea?
There is no exact known cause for Rosacea, however, some researches have concluded that the condition may be hereditary. Environmental factors, such as a change in the weather, have been known to cause Rosacea. Sun-damaged skin has been found more prone to Rosacea. Another theory is that there are tiny mites living in human hair follicles that block the sebaceous glands. There have been theories that alcohol causes Acne Rosacea, and this is not true. Alcohol has only been known to worsen the condition, not to create it.

What are the symptoms?
  • Inflammation of the cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead
  • Enlarged blood vessels and pimple-like bumps
  • Telangectasiae - Small red blood vessel lines that appear on the affected areas.
  • Rhinophyma - The nose becomes greatly enlarged, red, and bulbous. This condition usually appears if the Rosacea is left untreated for too long. Rhinophyma occurs more often in males, and can require surgery.
  • Conjunctivitis - Nearly 50% of Acne Rosacea sufferers obtain this condition, characterized by the burning and grittiness of the eyes. If this condition is not treated, it can further damage your eyes and impair vision.
Acne Rosacea is a very embarrassing skin disorder. It is very important to find treatment in the early stages, before conditions like Conjunctivitis and Rhinophyma appear. For a guide to effectively treating and controlling Acne Rosacea, visit our Rosacea Treatment article.