Are you still struggling with spots ? 


Well it could be acne, because 35% of women over the age of 30 are estimated to have it. 1


But there’s also a pretty good chance it could be Rosacea. While estimates vary, it’s thought that 10% of the population have Rosacea. It is most common in fair skinned women between the ages of 30 and 50 often at the onset of menopause.2 

ESK - Do I have Acne or Rosacea? Evidence Based Skincare

Apart from feeling self-conscious at having either conditions, effective treatments can often be difficult to find and can leave the skin dry and irritated. In addition, many evidence-based treatments include products which are either losing effectiveness (antibiotics) or bring a significant irritation. So the problems are hard to treat. 


But there are effective and well tolerated evidence based solutions available.


Why is it important to find out if you have one or the other? 

While a number of these solutions can be used to manage both acne and rosacea, some of the ingredients and products which help manage acne can really exacerbate the symptoms and severity of rosacea.


Is it Rosacea or Acne?

Hands down the best way to know which you have is to visit your dermatologist. 


But if you can’t wait to see the specialist and want to know, here are some of the things to look for to help you work out which it is 3.


Pimple/pustule appearanceBlackheads, whiteheads, pimples or painful cystsPimple like, but no blackhead
Pimples/pustules locationFace, jawline (also neck, upper back, chest and shoulders)Face, top of cheeks and eyes (also scalp, neck, chest and upper back)
OilinessUsually on forehead, nose and chin (unless dried out be treatment)Varies (ie. often skin is not oily), but often combination skin
RednessAround each pimple onlyOn centre of the face (cheeks, forehead, nose or chin). Can be occasional or permanent redness
Blood vessels Sometimes visible on some part of the face
Skin Sensitivity Usually sensitive particularly to some makeup and skin care products
Who is likely to get itGenerally teens and twenties (but it is found in older and younger groups)Generally fair skin people over 30 (but can occur at other ages and in darker skin)


You can find out more about acne treatments and rosacea treatments by clicking the link to our blogs on those topics:

Our team is here to help you find the right solution.

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Related Blog:

  1. Acne Effective Evidence Based Method Tackle Pimples
  2. Identifying Rosacea and Managing It


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