Is it acne?… Or Rosacea?

Acne or Rosacea?

What do you do when you feel a pain?  Or, when you notice something unusual on your skin? If you’re like me, you do your own self diagnosis. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with that.  Just as long as you can solve the problem 90% of the time, like I do! Well, more like 40%… But seriously, here’s a way to increase your own self diagnosis percentage by figuring out if the inflammation on your face is acne and not rosacea.

Rosacea… Rosacea is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that affects adults.  It causes redness in your face and produces small, red, pus-filled bumps or pustules.

Symptoms: Spider-like blood vessels; a red, bulbous nose; Irritated, bloodshot, watery eyes; A tendency to flush or blush easily.

  • These breakouts are usually limited to the cheeks, chin, and nose.
  • Rosaceatends to affect adult women more frequently than men, however, men with the condition are usually more severely affected.

Acne… “Acne is not associated with red, flushed skin, and breakouts can occur anywhere on the face.  Acne is also connected to blackheads and whiteheads.” Quoted from Dr. Hevia

So there you have it!  Now you can seek out a more appropriate solution to your problem.  I know, I know, if there really was one, right?  Good Luck!

Craig the Barber (19 Posts)

Craig the Barber is a licensed barber and men's grooming expert, with more than a decade of experience. He is the owner of The Grooming Concierge, and on-site grooming service in the Los Angeles area, where he works with some of Hollywood's hottest men. He is also the editor-in-chief of, a men's grooming blog.

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  1. Moshe Storto says:

    An expert committee assembled by the National Rosacea Society explicitly defined and classified rosacea in April 2002 into 4 different subtypes (erythematotelangiectatic type, papulopustular, phymatous, and ocular) based on specific clinical signs and symptoms. This categorization was an important step in the treatment of rosacea. Currently, the therapeutics of rosacea empirically target the signs and symptoms of the disease because investigators do not understand the details of its pathophysiology.

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