Acne is a skin condition where the skin erupts near, or in, the sebaceous glands on the upper back, face, neck and shoulders. Acne, which is medically referred to as acne vulgaris, results in pimples that can be large and unsightly. When pores get clogged with bacteria and dead skin cells acne can result.
Rosacea is a condition that generally doesn't strike until a person is in his thirties or forties. Rosacea is characterized by erythema or redness of the face; papules, which are hard pimples; flushing skin and sometimes pustules, which are pus-filled pimples. Spider-like veins (telangiectasias) and broken blood vessels can appear. In a severe care of acne rosacea the face and nose can swell and the nose can take on a W. C. Fields-like appearance and become bulbous. This is call rhinophyma.
Rosacea, which is a progressive, chronic and inflammatory condition, is sometimes referred to as adult acne, although rosacea is not acne so, technically, the phrase acne rosacea is incorrect. The conditions are similar but are not the same. The papules or red spots that can appear in both rosacea and acne are different. If you have rosacea, the papules are dome-shaped.
If you have acne, the papules are pointed. In addition, whiteheads, blackheads, lumps and deep cysts do not appear with rosacea as they do with acne. Rosacea generally strikes those with light-skin and of Celtic descent.
When first stricken with rosacea, an individual will experience flushing of his face. Telangiectasia (the dilation of superficial blood vessels) occurs and the capillaries under your skin's surface will become visible. This generally starts at the sides of the nose and can also show up on the cheeks. Inflamed pustules and papules will pop up on the face. Eventually, the skin can take on the texture of a roughened orange peel. Some of those suffering from rosacea will eventually develop rhinophyma, which results in the bulb-like nose.
In addition to these symptoms, an individual with acne rosacea or adult acne can experience swelling (tissue edema) and other skin disorders such as seborrhea, keratitis and blepharitis.
Blepharitis can be either anterior blepharitis, which occurs at the outside, front edge of your eyelid where the eyelashes attach, or posterior blepharitis, which targets the inner edge of the eyelid that has contact with the eyeball. Blepharatis is inflammation of the eyelid and results in dandruff-like scales on the eyelashes and itchy, red eyelids. This is often an outcome of the skin condition acne rosacea. Blepharitis results in a burning or a gritty sensation in your eyes. It can ultimately cause inflammation of the eye tissue, misdirection of your eyelashes as well as loss of eyelashes and blurring of vision.
Seborrhea and Keratitis
Seborrhea can occur on your face as well as your scalp. When it affects your scalp it is referred to as dandruff. This condition results in white scales and itchy, red rashes. Seborrhea occurs more in men than women and targets those with oily skin. When you have a condition called keratitis, which is often the outcome of acne rosacea, your cornea becomes inflamed. Your eyes will hurt and become bloodshot and watery and you will be sensitive to light. You may notice a white spot on your cornea.
Acne rosacea can be triggered by stress, hot, spicy foods and liquids, temperature extremes, alcohol (when either orally consumed or topically applied), sinus and allergy problems as well as the sun. Coffee, exercise and anything that is acidic in nature can prompt a flare of acne rosacea.
Consult with your dermatologist. She may recommend that you use jojoba oil because it is very similar to the restorative and nature oil that is produced by the skin. Jojoba oil will not clog your pores and it is non-allergenic. This oil reportedly helps reverse the damage that can be done to the skin by rosacea medication as well as by harsh soaps.
This oil replaces the lost moisture and helps the skin healing by accelerating cell growth and division it the middle layer of the epidermis. It also reportedly balances oil or sebum excretion, which is one of the main causes of acne, and normalizes the sloughing off of keratin (protein) from the skin. Other resources
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