Cynthia Nixon, the lovely Sex and the City actress, is speaking out about her experience with rosacea. She even recorded a public service announcement to help bring more awareness to this skin disease (if you're curious, you can check it out on You Tube.
But, before she was diagnosed with rosacea, she thought the bumps and redness on her cheeks was actually adult acne. And to be sure, it can be hard to tell the difference sometimes.
Both adult acne and rosacea cause redness and pimples. Rosacea tends to be concentrated more on the apples of the cheeks and the nose, where adult acne can happen over the entire face (but for women is often found on the lower cheeks, jawline and chin.) Another clue that it's rosacea rather than adult acne: rosacea gets worse when you eat spicy foods or drink alcohol, exercise, or are out in the sun or wind.
Treating rosacea with OTC acne treatments can make your skin look and feel more irritated, so if you're aren't 100% sure it's adult acne, a trip to the dermatologist might be in order. This way you'll be certain you're getting the right treatment.
The good news is, both adult acne and rosacea can be treated (hooray!) And your derm can help you do just that.
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