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Rosacea vs Acne: What are the Differences

If you had red, irritated-looking bumps on your skin, it can be tough to know if you’re dealing with a case of rosacea or an acne breakout.

After all, some of the symptoms can look the same. And they both can be difficult to treat with over-the-counter medications alone.

However, regardless as to whether you have rosacea or acne, one thing is clear: you want to get rid of it. 

That’s why we’re here to explore the biggest differences between rosacea and acne, as well as the treatment options we have for both.

*individual results may vary.

What is Acne?

Acne is a skin condition that’s very common (in fact, about 80% of people will have acne in their lives), but the causes can be very wide-ranging. In fact, acne breakouts can be caused by a number of things, including:

  • Excess sebum production
  • Bacteria
  • Ingrown hairs
  • Hormonal changes
  • Diet/lifestyle
  • Medications
  • And more

Acne is different from rosacea in that the red, pimple-like appearances are caused by clogged pores, vs. irritated skin or visible spider veins. To that end, the best acne treatments should focus on treating surface-level acne breakouts while eliminating bacteria and other irritants that can lead to the development of acne.

At Twin Ports Dermatology, we offer the following treatments for clients with chronic acne:

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is another common skin condition that occurs in people who have broken blood vessels, or those who experience red, pimple-like bumps when their skin is irritated. Rosacea can be genetic, but many people can develop rosacea as a result of excessive sun exposure, lifestyle habits, and more.

Rosacea is different from acne in that the pimple-like bumps usually stay pretty small, whereas acne can include large cysts, blackheads, and more. Plus, rosacea can make your skin appear more red and flushed, but you may not notice any bumps.

At Twin Ports Dermatology, we offer the following treatments for rosacea:

  • Topical medications
  • Oral medications
  • SRA treatments (Intense Pulse Light + Radiofrequency)
  • Skincare regimens

Request a Consultation Today!

Our expert providers here at Twin Ports Dermatology would be happy to meet with you for an in-person consultation. Simply fill out the form on this page, and one of our trusted staff members will reach out to you promptly to schedule your consultation.

Acne vs Rosacea: The Main Similarities and Differences

Acne and Rosacea are both common skin conditions, but they can have very different symptoms. Both conditions can cause facial redness and can lead to feeling uncomfortable in your own skin. The main difference between the two skin concerns is that acne often results in pustule-type bumps, while rosacea typically presents in the form of facial spider veins. 

Twin Ports Dermatology is proud to offer a wide range of treatments to treat both acne and rosacea. 


*individual results may vary


Take the First Step - Request A Consultation

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If you would like to schedule an in-person consultation, please fill out the form on this page and one of our knowledgeable medical staff members at Twin Ports Dermatology will reach out to you promptly. You can also call our Duluth, MN office directly to schedule: 218-302-1000.

Twin Ports Dermatology serves the greater Duluth area. We’re the only locally owned private dermatology clinic & medspa in the area.

*Individual results may vary