Is Your Papulopustular Rosacea Getting Misdiagnosed as Adult Acne?

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Dry, itchy, bumpy, red, painful.

It looks like acne, but it’s all over your face. It pops up when you are in dry climates. It worses when you use harsh acne treatment products. It never goes away.

 

My adult acne wasn’t adult acne at all.

 

It was like rash. Dermatologists didn’t want to hear my complaints about its persistence.

 

I didn’t want their harsh medications. I didn’t want Accutane. I didn’t’ want the pain of looking in the mirror each morning to find that I hated what I saw in the mirror.

 

I wanted soft skin that looked fresh and plump.

 

I wanted the bumps to go away. I wanted the inflammation to leave my face without delay.

 

I wanted to be healed from what felt like a chronic condition that had no end in sight.

 

It wasn’t until I became friends with an esthetician that I started to recognize that something about my diagnoses wasn’t right.

 

Adult acne? No, what I was experiencing was far from it.

 

She said, “Your breakouts actually look more like a rash than they look like a breakout.”

 

Then it all kicked in—one of my best friends had said the same exact thing about my skin for years!

 

I never brought it up inside the dermatologists office, but this time I was gunning for major change. I explained how my esthetician (and others over the years) had described my condition as a rash, that my skin became red and irritated very easily, and how most products I used just irritated my skin even more (rather than fixed the problem).

 

That’s when I was finally plugged with the “papulopustular rosacea” diagnoses. Rosacea.org describes the condition as “bumps (papules) and pimples (pustules) of rosacea [that] may be the result of an allergy-like reaction to environmental and emotional triggers.”

 

The way you treat papulopustular rosacea is vastly different from the way you treat adult acne! The following tips are extremely effective in calming this type of rosacea:

·      Using organic, natural rosewater as toner

·      Ultra hydrating gel face masks during outbreaks

·      Spritzing your face with rosewater throughout the day

·      Avoiding harsh, overly drying products sold in most convenience stores

·      Opting for natural Argan oil as moisturizer instead of commercial creams

·      Using gentle soap-free face wash, instead of harsh paragon-filled washes

·      Exfoliating once a week (only when rosacea outbreaks are calm)

·      Sleeping with a humidifier in the room at all times


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