Acne vulgaris acne rosacea?

Acne vulgaris, acne rosacea…your face’s worst nightmare. We’ve all been there, waking up with a giant zit right on our nose, just in time for that big job interview or first date. But fear not! Let’s dive into this pesky skin condition and learn how to tackle it head-on.

What is Acne?

First things first, let’s define what we’re dealing with here. Acne is a chronic inflammatory condition of the sebaceous glands which occurs when hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells (aka gross stuff).

Types of Acne

There are four main types of acne:

  1. Comedonal – small bumps on the forehead and chin
  2. Inflammatory – redness and swelling caused by bacterial infection
  3. Cystic – large pus-filled cysts under the skin
  4. Nodular – inflamed pimples deep within the skin tissue (ouch!)

Now that you have an idea about what type(s) of acne are causing your eruptions let’s discuss some possible causes so you can make informed decisions before taking action.

Causes of Acne

Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it), many factors can contribute to acne vulgaris such as hormones (thanks puberty), genetics (thanks mom & dad), stress (thanks boss) and diet (put down that pizza slice). Rosacea has several well-established triggers too including sun exposure, exercise or certain foods like spicy meals.


In addition to those listed above common triggers can be varied from person-to-person:
– sweating,
– Makeup,
– medications like corticosteroids or lithium,
– Smoking

It may help to keep track with photos noting symptoms in order respectively so any patterns/aggravating factors can be identified.

Treatment Options

The good news is that acne can usually be treated successfully. The bad news? There is no one-size-fits-all solution. Some popular treatment options include:

Topical Creams & Gels

For mild to moderate Inflammatory or Comedonal Acne, your doctor may prescribe some goopy creams and gels to slather on your face each night (yum). These products contain retinoids (vitamin A derivatives), benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid amongst other active ingredients.

Oral Medications

If creams don’t give sufficient resolution of Acne issues the dermatologist might recommend oral medicines including antibiotics, isotretinoin which requires monitoring with check-ups. For cystic issues corticosteroid injection might do the trick faster than waiting for pills to kick in over weeks according many professionals’ experience..

Light Therapy

This futuristic-sounding treatment involves exposing the skin to a special light that kills off acne-causing bacteria (take that p.acnes!).


When it comes to preventing future outbreaks, there are a few things you can do:

  1. Wash your face twice daily – but not too hard because friction could cause damage.
  2. Be careful what goes on (and off) your face – avoid pore-clogging makeup and hair products especially if containing oils
  3. Protect yourself from UV rays – use sunscreen 30+ spf at all times when exposed
  4. Catch those Z’s- getting plenty of rest helps reduce stress which creates cortisol levels negatively impacting hormonal balance.

So there you have it folks! A quick rundown on acne vulgaris/rosacea . Remember though whether talking about comedones or nodules always consider seeking professional advice where required for treating persistent symptoms as they won’t always resolve without intervention! Now go take good care of Your Skin People!

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