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Acne Rosacea Treatment – Birmingham

Coincidentally this month (being Rosacea Awareness Month) I have seen an increase in clients looking for Acne Rosacea Treatment. Actually that’s not strictly true. I have had clients enquiring about treatments for Acne. Only when I’ve seen them and carried out a consultation and analysis have I treated them as an Acne Rosacea client*.

As April is #RosaceaAwarenessMonth I feel this is a great time to discuss the difference between Acne and Rosacea.

When Acne not Acne.

Have you every found your skin is not responding to typical ‘acne skin care’ products? If so, maybe you don’t have acne.

As with Acne, that is divided into different grades depending on severity. Rosacea is also divided into different sub-types – learn more here.

The confusion between acne and rosacea is associated with Rosacea Sub-Type 2 known as Papulopustular Rosacea. Which is sometimes referred to as ‘Acne Rosacea‘. Both conditions will have inflamed papules and pustules, but it is not the same as Acne Vulgaris.

Rosacea has a very different development pathway to Acne. Therefore requires a very different approach to treatment. I prefer to use the correct terms Rosacea Sub-Type 2 or Papulopustular Rosacea, as opposed to Acne Rosacea. To avoid any confusion between the two conditions when speaking to clients.

Self-diagnosis* and inappropriate use of products will lead to disappointing results. As I always say you need to treat the skin, not the symptoms.

Acne VS Rosacea – What’s The Difference?

Both Acne and Rosacea are chronic inflammatory skin disorders. Acne Vulgaris is a chronic inflammatory disorder affecting the sebaceous glands (responsible for creating sebum) and follicle. Acne (depending on the grade) will have a number of open and closed comedones, papules, pustules and cysts. Learn more about Acne Vulgaris.

Whereas Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory disorder which weakens the blood capillaries. It can be categorised by either fluctuating or permanent diffused redness, broken capillaries (Telangiectasia) and an itching and burning sensation. Learn more about Rosacea symptoms.

The confusion between acne and rosacea is because both conditions can have papules and pustules. However Rosacea won’t have any open or closed comedones.

Acne can affect the entire face, also the back and chest. Whereas Rosacea will typically affect the central regions of the face, including cheeks, forehead, nose and chin.

How Papules And Papules Develop

Not all spots are equal. Sometimes how they develop or get there can be different.

In Acne Vulgaris, the papule or pustule develops as a result of a plug (comedone) within the pore. Allowing the p.Acne bacteria to multiple uncontrollably as they thrive within an anaerobic environment. The p.Acne bacteria feed off excess sebum, breaking it down into fatty acids. These irritate and inflame the follicle wall lining, forming a papule (an inflamed lesion). As the lifecycle continues, white blood cells migrate to the area to clear the infection, forming a pustule.

In Papulopustular Rosacea, a papule forms as a result of vascular flushing and dilation. Over time the capillaries stretch / weaken, allowing inflamed tissue to leak out of the blood vessels and in to the skin. The inflamed tissue cells migrate to the skins surface forming a papule. Pustules are formed when flushing occurs around sebaceous glands or follicle.

It is easy to understand why an Acne treatment that focuses on bacteria, would be infective as an Acne Rosacea Treatment.

Acne Rosacea Treatment With Andy

When a client comes to me for Acne Rosacea Treatment, I first assess the severity of the condition and also the sensitivity of their skin.

For Rosacea Sub-Type 1 or very mild Sub-Type2 then I may recommend the CosMedix Benefit Peel. The Benefit Peel is all skin types and conditions, including sensitive and rosacea-prone skin. Unlike a traditional acid-based peel that uses ‘exfoliation’, the Benefit Peel works on ‘stimulation’. The treatment contains a combination of 10% encapsulated Retinol AGP complex and 20% Vitamin C, plus some enzymes.

This ‘stimulation’ approach to chemical peeling, makes it a more gentle approach, which does not inflame an already delicate skin.

Vitamin A is beneficial because it helps to increase cell turn over, boost collagen production and repair the skin. Vitamin C has an antioxidant benefit to the skin. As well being a precursor to collagen production, it also helps to strengthen blood capillaries. The treatment helps to thicken and strengthen the skin. Making it less prone to flushing.

For best results I recommend a course of 3-6 treatments – Learn more about the Benefit Peel.

For more progressive Acne Rosacea then I also recommend a treatment called the D-Tox Peel. This treatment is actually suitable for both Acne Vulgaris (all grades) and Rosacea Sub-Type 2. It contains a combination of Salicylic Acid, Retinol, Niacinamide and Zinc.

Salicylic Acid is great for cutting through any inflamed pustules. This lipid-soluble Beta Hydroxy Acid is  also naturally anti-inflammatory. Plus the addition of Niacinamide and Zinc helps to support skin immune function and aid healing.

I also incorporated LED light therapy in combination with metabolic peels. Light therapy is anti-inflammatory and regenerative. It increases cellular activity, improving the absorption of the active ingredients.

Acne Rosacea Treatment Skin Care

For best results I also recommend skin care for use both pre and post your Acne Rosacea Treatment. This is to help condition the skin prior to treatment. Also to reduce any adverse reactions following treatment.

This is really where skin care programmes between acne and rosacea will vary. Why it is especially important to see a skincare professional before trying to resolve your skin concerns yourself!

The main skin care items needed will include a gentle SLS-free cleanser; an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant serum; a Retinaldehyde serum and a physical sunscreen. I also recommend the use of epidermal repair serums and masks.

To learn more or book an appointment email or visit the Contact page for more information.

*NOTE: I am not a Dermatologist. Therefore I an unable to diagnosis medical skin conditions. However from experience and understanding can identify the difference between Acne Vulgaris and Acne Rosacea. GP referral make sometimes be required prior to treatment.

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Andy Millward

Andy is a qualified facialist, advanced skin aesthetician and beauty writer with a passion for all things skin and a keen interest in health, nutrition and wellbeing.

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