Rosacea and Acne: The Difference

Rosacea vs Acne

Rosacea and acne are skin disorders that usually thought that are associated with each other.  Actually, they are two different skin problems and although may exist at the same time, are not associated with each other. Let’s check their difference.

Rosacea’s Appearance

  • It is usally present in the skin in the face, usually in the cheeks, nose, chin and eyes. On the other hand, acne can be found not just in the face but anywhere in the body.
  • It has red bumps which is thought to be pimples but are called papules.  Acne has pimples, blackheads, white heads and sometimes, cysts.
  • It has a warm and stingy feeling while acne is usually painful.
  • It is rare to experience scarring with Rosacea but it is very common in acne.
  • It is very seldom to see the symptoms in children but very common in young adults while acne’s patients are usually in their adolescence stage.
  • Dry facial skin is associated with this problem while acne patients usually have oily skin,
  • Redness can be brought by blushing and flushing while redness in acne is associated with its irritation.
  • Most of the patients are Caucasians and Scandinavians because of genetic factor.  Acne can infect just anybody from any race.
  • Rosacea is not contagious and cannot be passed from one person to another unless through heridetary factor. Acne caused by bacteria can be contagious but this kind of case is very seldom to happen.
  • Triggering factors for rosacea are sudden change of weather and temperature, hereditary, emotional and environmental factors.  Acne’s usual triggering factor is poor hygiene.
  • Flushing and blushing is common to patients with this skin disorder while it is almost not present to acne patients.


  • Not all treatments are for rosacea is applicable to acne and vice versa.
  • Treatments are usually for this skin disorder should not be alcohol based to avoid flare-ups and are usually antibiotics and anti-inflammatory. Alcohol based treatments are fine for acne but should be with doctor’s prescription.
  • Over-the-counter drugs are not helpful in any cases of rosacea, sometimes, it even worsen the cases. Treatmetns available over the counter intended for acne that is bought over-the counter can  help not to worsen the condition.
  • The target of rosacea treatment is its redness and flushing while acne treatments usually targets whiteheads and blackheads.
  • Rosacea treatments also include alkaline diet which focuses only in fresh fruits, vegetables and plenty of water for cleansing of the blood and urine.  There are also several foods that trigger acne but topical treatments may work even without fasting or cleansing diet.

What’s common about these two skin disorders are the importance of consulting a dermatologist before it gets worst.  Doctor’s advice is needed to make sure that proper treatment is applied according to present condition.

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