Category Archives: Acne

10 Tips to Avoid Acne in the Summer

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In summer months, is the season that we tend to show more skin than the others. Naturally, we all want that healthy, glowing and blemish free complexion. But, if you are like most of us then you might be finding yourself breaking out more often in summers than in the rest of the months. So this guide is all about understanding summer acne and also ways of preventing it.

Healthy Skin Month Skin Care Tips

november-national-healthy-skin-month-tipsSince November is Healthy Skin Month, we thought it would be great to celebrate it with some fabulous tips for healthy skin.

Redness and Pimples – Rosacea vs. Acne: What is the Difference?

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Everyone in their lifetime will get redness and pimples. Often these are not related to any chronic medical condition; however, sometimes it turns out to be acne or rosacea. They are two of the most common skin disorders. They share in common the presence of pimples and redness. Differentiating the two is important as there are differences in both prognosis and treatment of the two conditions. Fortunately, their differences are numerous and pronounced making differentiation between the two conditions possible.

Patients with acne tend to have oily skin. Comedones (“blackheads and whiteheads”) are common. In more severe cases, patients develop cysts and nodules that may heal leaving scars. Lesions are frequently seen on the chest, back, and upper arms as well as the face. The patients are generally younger than those with rosacea — most commonly adolescents.

Rosacea typically begins after the age of 30 years and peaks between 40 and 50 years of age. Lesions are usually limited to the central face, although lesions of the back, chest, and scalp may rarely be noted. Comedones are absent and scarring is rarely seen. Rosacea is commonly associated with flushing and blushing.

Rosacea Vs. Acne

Redness & Pimples: What’s the Difference?

Compartive features Rosacea Acne
Blushing Yes No
Redness Yes Yes
Vessels Yes No
Pimples Yes Yes
Blackheads/Whiteheads No Yes
Enlarged pores Yes Yes
Rhinophyma Yes No
Blepharitis/conjunctivitis Yes No

TREATMENTS:

However, the two conditions do share a common ground when it comes to treatment. Depending on the severity and extent of symptoms, both may be treated with topical creams, medication, BBL, and lasers.

Topical medications

More effective in treating acne than rosacea. Proper diagnosis is important as medications such as Retinol, while effective for treatment of acne could potentially exacerbate rosacea.

Oral antibiotics

Oral antibiotics are also commonly prescribed to patients with both moderate rosacea and acne. They help to reduce inflammation and pimples.

Miscellaneous medications

Short-term topical cortisone (steroid) preparations of minimal strength may in occasional cases also be used to reduce local inflammation.

Laser and BBL

Many patients are now turning to laser and BBL to treat the continual redness and noticeable blood vessels on the face, neck, and chest. Often considered a safe alternative, laser and BBL therapy visibly improve both acne and rosacea by killing acne-causing bacteria, shrinking pore size, decreasing skin oiliness, and removing the redness-causing excessive capillary vessels.