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Let’s Take a Closer Look at Those Red Bumps

Acne and rosacea are two of the most common skin conditions out there.

And because the painful red bumps that characterize rosacea look a lot like acne, finding the right treatment can be a challenge.

Rosacea vs. Acne

A closer look at your symptoms will help you determine if those red bumps are rosacea, acne or a little bit of both.

Symptoms of Rosacea

  • Pimple-like breakouts (without blackheads) are a symptom of rosacea.

    Pimple-like breakouts

    But no blackheads
  • Eye problems are a symptom of rosacea.

    Eye problems

    Including bloodshot eyes, red and swollen eyelids, problems seeing and discomfort

  • Facial redness is a symptom of rosacea.

    Facial redness

    Near the central part of your face—cheeks, forehead, nose or chin; redness may come and go or be permanent

  • Visible blood vessels in the cheeks are a symptom of rosacea.

    Visible blood vessels

    Caused by broken capillaries in the cheeks

Symptoms of Acne

  • Symptoms of acne present as pimples, including blackheads, whiteheads or cysts.

    Presents as pimples

    Including blackheads, whiteheads, pimples or deep, painful cysts

  • Redness that occurs only around the breakouts is a symptom of acne.


    Occurs around breakouts only

  • An oily t-zone is a symptom of acne.

    Oily T-zone

    Affecting the nose, chin and forehead

  • Uneven skin texture is a symptom of acne.

    Uneven skin texture

    Bumpy skin texture due to blemishes and scars

Talk to Your Dermatologist About Your Symptoms

This discussion guide will help you start a conversation with your healthcare provider about your skin. Complete it and bring it to your next appointment.

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