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There are some triggers that aggravate both conditions. Warm weather and sweat, which can be tripwires for rosacea, may also clog pores and indirectly lead to zits. Stress can also cause both conditions to flare up.

Steer clear of cleansers that contain alcohol, menthol, or fragrance. Try Eucerin Redness Relief Soothing Cleanser ($8.99), which is laced with licorice root extract to calm skin. And use a broad-spectrum SPF every day.

For makeup, try a light foundation such as L'Oréal True Match Super-Blendable Compact Makeup ($10.99) containing silicone, to help lock moisture into skin. Green-tinted makeup like Everyday Minerals Mint Color Corrector ($8), a pressed mineral face powder, can help mask the redness from acne and rosacea.

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Rosacea or Acne?

Answer these quick questions from Ronald Davis, MD, professor of dermatology at Tulane School of Medicine in New Orleans, to tell if the blemishes on your face are more likely a case of rosacea or acne.

  1. Do you blush easily?
    1. Yes
    2. No
  2. Do you notice facial itching, stinging, or burning?
    1. Yes
    2. No
  3. Do you have fair skin?
    1. Yes
    2. No
  4. What happens to your skin when you get hot, drink hot beverages, eat spicy foods, or get stressed?
    1. My face gets red
    2. Nothing really happens
  5. Where on your face do you typically break out?
    1. Forehead, nose, and chin
    2. Lower cheeks, chin, jawline, and upper neck
  6. When you break out, do you notice …
    1. Mostly red splotches, small blood vessels, and occasional pimples?
    2. Mostly pimples and some blackheads or whiteheads?

Did you have more 1s? You could have rosacea. More 2s? You could have acne.

WebMD Magazine - Feature Reviewed by Karyn Grossman, MD on January 04, 2011



Ronald S. Davis, MD, MS, FAAD Professor of Dermatology, Tulane School of Medicine, New Orleans.

Julie C Harper, MD, clinical associate professor of dermatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham; director, The Dermatology and Skin Care Center of Birmingham.

Paul M. Friedman, MD, director, Dermsurgery Laser Center, Houston; clinical assistant professor of dermatology, University of Texas, Houston, Medical School; author, Beautiful Skin Revealed: The Ultimate Guide to Better Skin.

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