Acne rosacea: symptoms, causes and treatment
Acne rosacea is a form of erythematous folliculitis which can affect the whole face, including the eyelids and conjunctiva. The condition, which mainly affects adults, causes erythematous follicular papules or pustules. Unlike acne vulgaris, however, comedones are not present. Acne rosacea is often confused with rosacea, but the two are not related in any way and do not share any similar treatments.
Acne Rosacea and Rosacea/Couperose are separate conditions that should not be confused. Rosacea is characterized by dilation of blood vessels in the cheeks and sensitive skin.
Instead, acne rosacea is characterized by folliculitis that causes redness on the cheeks, as well as the forehead and nose.
The two conditions therefore have different causes and different treatments.
What are the causes of acne rosacea?
Studies suggest that the proliferation of demodex folliculorum mites in hair follicles is responsible for acne rosacea. By looking under a microscope after squeezing follicles and sebum in the inflamed area, numerous of these elongated mites, which are usually found on our skin, were present.
Acne rosacea is acquired, but the reasons as to why it affects some and not others is currently unknown.
How to treat acne rosacea
- Every evening, apply an almond-sized amount of 2S Cream to the face and massage well until absorbed. Thanks to sulfur and salicylic acid, 2S Cream works seamlessly through the night to stop mites growing. 2S Cream can be massaged into the eyelids, but take care to avoid contact with the inside of the eye.
- In the morning, apply Lenitive Cream to tone and protect the skin.
Use Eudermic Cleansing Base, a non-foaming, lauryl-sulfate free wash, as both a make-up remover and cleanser.
To cover lesions, apply Clay Color mineral foundation and/or Sun Clay compact powder in the morning. Both products let the skin breathe, which maximizes the effects of the treatment creams and stops acne rosacea from worsening. Avoid traditional cosmetics, as it will exacerbate acne rosacea.
Avoid traditional creams and moisturizers so as not to exacerbate the condition.