Redness and breakouts on your face could mean that you have acne, but not always. A skin condition called rosacea can cause acne-like breakouts and redness.

Is Rosacea a Type of Acne?

Rosacea is not a form of acne vulgaris, although it sometimes can be hard to distinguish from common acne. To confuse the matter, rosacea is sometimes called “acne rosacea,” or even “adult acne.”

Like acne vulgaris, rosacea is a disorder of the pilosebaceous unit or what we commonly call the pore. It can cause tiny pimples, just like acne does.

But rosacea is not caused by the same factors as acne vulgaris and is a skin disorder in its own right.

Where acne can occur anywhere on the face, neck, back, upper arms, and shoulders, rosacea is confined to the center of the face (cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead). Acne is all too common in the teen years, but rosacea typically doesn’t appear before age 30.

If you have fair skin, you’re more prone to developing rosacea. Interestingly, it is more common in women, but men tend to develop more severe forms.

What Does Rosacea Look Like?

Rosacea often begins as redness or flushing of the face.

Small, red, pimple-like bumps can form on the face, but unlike with common acne, there typically are no blackheads or comedones. Capillaries may be visible on the skin, contributing to the red appearance of the face.

Causes:► Hormonal changes
► Blocked pores
► Stress
► Medications
► Family history
► Sunlight
► Strenuous exercise
► Temperature extremes
► Hot foods or beverages
► Spicy foods
► Alcohol
► Stress
► Embarrassment
► Anger
► Corticosteroids, such as prednisone
► Drugs that dilate blood vessels, such as some blood pressure medications
► Who is most likely to get it?► Teenagers
► Adult women: Chin
► Adult men: Back
► Over 30 year old
► Women > Men
►Fair Skinned
► Presentation:► Pimples
► Blackheads
► Whiteheads
► Cysts
► Inflammation
► Redness - Flushing
► Pimples
Affected Areas:► Face
► Torso
► Back
► Anywhere on body
► Never Eyes
► Facial T- Zone and Cheeks
► Nose and or Eyes