WHAT IS ACNE?
Chronic inflammation of the facial skin.
Face, especially the nose, and surrounding areas.
Adults; it is more common in women, but more severe in
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
- Unsightly red, thickened skin on the nose and cheeks.
Small blood vessels are visible on the skin surface.
- Papules (small raised lesions) and pustules (small, white
blisters with pus) on the affected skin (not so common).
Unknown. The condition is worsened by stress, warm
drinks, hot foods and alcohol.
RISK INCREASES WITH
- Nervousness and stress.
- Fair complexion.
- Excess alcohol consumption.
HOW TO PREVENT
No specific preventive measures.
EXPECTED HEALTH CARE
- Mainly Self-care after diagnosis.
- Doctor's treatment, if severe or persistent.
- Psychotherapy or counseling, if disfigurement causes
distress or stress precipitates.
- Surgery to remove excess tissue (rarely).
- Your own observation of symptoms.
- History and examination by a doctor.
- Psychological distress caused by an unsightly appearance.
- Scarring of face (rare).
- Symptoms can be controlled with treatment. Acne rosacea is
a disease of remissions and frequent flare-ups.
- Seek care early if you notice evidence of acne rosacea.
- Don't use oil-based makeup.
- Your doctor may prescribe oral or topical antibiotics.
- Don't use cortisone preparations, including
ANY SPECIAL DIET?
No special diet. Avoid spicy foods, alcohol or anything
that causes the face to flush.
CALL YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY, IF
You develop new symptoms during treatment.