Acne is a common skin disease in which hair follicles become clogged with dead skin and oils. This results in inflammation. Acne has a varied etiology which includes genetics, hormonal function, bacterial growth, and other causes. It is identified by small open or closed bumps found on the forehead and chin, and/or by small bumps that contain fluid or pus on the face. There can also be superficial reddening on the surrounding skin. Additionally, acne scarring can also occur.
Rosacea can occur in anyone. But, it most commonly affects middle aged women who have fair skin. It can also be mistaken for acne, an allergic reaction or other skin problems. It is a relapsing condition, which can be exacerbated by sun exposure, heat, alcohol, strong emotions, caffeine, and spicy foods. Symptoms vary. Some only experience mild forms or rosacea, characterized by intermittent blushing or skin irritation. But, more severe cases include bumps, pimples and enlarged blood vessels, causing the skin to appear rough and uneven. If left untreated, it can worsen over time. While there’s no cure for rosacea, treatments can control and reduce signs and symptoms. Rosacea can worsen over time if left untreated.
Signs and symptoms of rosacea may include:
- Facial redness.
- Swollen red bumps.
- Eye problems such as dryness, irritation and swollen red eyelids
- Enlarged nose (rare)
If you feel you may be suffering from acne or rosacea, call us to schedule an appointment.