About Acne: From R to V

Understanding the Differences between Acne Rosacea and Acne Vulgaris

If you’ve always thought a pimple was a pimple, all pimples were acne, and all acne is alike, you might be surprised to learn that not all acne is created equal. In fact, there are actually two main types of acne -- Acne Vulgaris and Acne Rosacea -- that can wreck havoc on your skin. If you really want to be informed about acne, you need to understand the main differences between Acne Vulgaris and Acne Rosacea.

The Vulgarity of Acne Vulgaris

Acne Vulgaris is the name used to refer to the common type of acne that many of us get at one time or another. Acne Vulgaris is usually the type of acne that teenagers get. It is characterized by whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples. In fact, Acne Vulgaris is so common that it actually affects more than eight-five percent of people at some point during their lives -- whether that be during their teen years or into adulthood.

The Lowdown on Acne Rosacea

Acne Rosacea is significantly different from Acne Vulgaris. Instead of having whiteheads, blackheads and the typical puss-filled pimples associated with most cases of acne, people suffering from Acne Rosacea have a red appearance that results from continued dilatation of the capillaries that supply blood to the face. Acne Vulgaris affects more women than men, but usually does not surface before the age of 30. Fortunately, neither Acne Vulgaris nor Acne Rosacea is contagious.

What’s To Blame?

Just as Acne Rosacea and Acne Vulgaris present themselves in different ways, they are also caused by different circumstances. Acne Rosacea can actually be caused by certain products or temperature changes. Acne Vulgaris is usually caused by an internal imbalance (such as a hormone imbalance) or lifestyle issues (smoking, diet, etc).

Treatment for Acne Vulgaris and Acne Rosacea

Acne Rosacea is very different from Acne Vulgaris and because of this, the two conditions need to be treated differently.

There are an abundance of acne products on the market are intended to treat Acne Vulgaris. From spot treatments to anti-acne masks, there are numerous ways to treat the Acne Vulgaris condition. Acne Rosacea, on the other hand, can be a bit harder to find over-the-counter treatments for. While there are many natural remedies that have been proven to clear some cases of Acne Rosacea, some people who suffer from the condition need to seek out the help of a dermatologist.

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