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
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 appearance||Blackheads, whiteheads, pimples or painful cysts||Pimple like, but no blackhead|
|Pimples/pustules location||Face, jawline (also neck, upper back, chest and shoulders)||Face, top of cheeks and eyes (also scalp, neck, chest and upper back)|
|Oiliness||Usually on forehead, nose and chin (unless dried out be treatment)||Varies (ie. often skin is not oily), but often combination skin|
|Redness||Around each pimple only||On 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 it||Generally 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: