Treating Rosacea and Acne at Wasatch Dermatology
Do you have red bumps and pimples on your face? Think it’s acne? It could be rosacea. Acne and rosacea are common skin disorders that look very similar but require different treatments and approaches.
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition, causing inflammation and redness. The patient often has a mixture of symptoms; redness, itching and burning, swelling and pus-filled bumps that resemble pimples. For this reason it is often confused with acne. Rosacea tends to start on the cheeks and then spreads to the nose, chin and forehead. In more extreme cases the back, chest and ears are also involved.
Acne, on the other hand, is more common in teens and occurs along the jaw, on the neck or in a T shape (forehead, nose, chin) on the face. Whiteheads, blackheads, enlarged pores and oily skin are common symptoms of acne caused by hormone fluctuations in the body. Acne can be mild, with a few pimples, or much more severe with cysts and nodules under the skin.
Both conditions can affect many aspects of your life. They can damage your self-esteem and negatively impact your quality of life. The team at Wasatch Dermatology is experienced at treating both skin conditions. If you or a family member is suffering from acne or rosacea, we encourage you to call and make an appointment today: we’re here to help.
Understating and treating your rosacea
Rosacea is often confused with acne, but it can also resemble more serious conditions such as lupus and seborrheic dermatitis. For this reason, it is important to have your skin checked by a dermatologist. Dr. Maughan is an experienced, board certified dermatologist, and she can accurately diagnose your skin condition and recommend the appropriate treatment. While there is no cure for rosacea, treatment options include topical and oral medications to manage the physical symptoms.
Managing and treating your acne
At some point in life nearly everyone suffers from acne. It’s often thought to be a teenage problem, but a person can develop acne at any age. The first line of treatment is typically over-the-counter medications designed to manage the oil and bacteria on the skin. If you have acne that is not responding to products you can purchase at your neighborhood pharmacy, then it’s time to make an appointment with the team at Wasatch Dermatology.
Dr. Maughan can assess your skin and recommend a treatment plan individualized for your needs. Treatment options range from antibacterial cleansers to topical creams and oral medications. A combination of treatment options is often needed to get the initial acne outbreak under control, with maintenance therapy used to prevent future breakouts. Dr. Maughan and her team can work with you to keep your skin clear and healthy for the long term.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Julie Maughan, call 801-475-5210.