Acne is one of the most common skin conditions that affects most people during teenage years but can extend into adult life. It appears as different types of bumps on the skin including whiteheads, blackheads, pimples and cysts usually on the face, neck, back, chest and shoulders. Although it is not a serious health thread, it can be a source of significant emotional distress. Severe acne can lead to permanent scarring.
Doctors believe acne results from several related factors but the exact cause is not fully understood. Acne occurs when sebaceous (oil) glands are stimulated by male hormones that are produced in the adrenal glands of both boys and girls. This increases the amount of sebum which can clog the pores causing whiteheads and blackheads. Bacteria that live on the skin grow in these oils and produce waste products that cause inflammation.
Treating Acne takes time so be patient! The goal of all acne treatments is to get rid of existing blemishes and to prevent new ones from forming. Unfortunately, this doesn't happen overnight and you may find your skin gets worse before it gets better. Results are usually seen in a few weeks but it may take up to 8 weeks or more.
Rosacea typically begins as redness on the central face across the cheeks, nose, or forehead, but can also less commonly affect the neck, chest, ears, and scalp. Rosacea affects both sexes, but is almost three times more common in women. It has a peak age of onset between 30 - 60.
There are four identified rosacea subtypes and patients may have more than one subtype present:
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2. Papulopustular rosacea: Some permanent redness with red bumps with some pus filled (can last 1–4 days or longer; extremely varied symptoms); this subtype can be easily confused with acne.
3. Phymatous rosacea: This subtype is most commonly associated with rhinophyma, an enlargement of the nose. Symptoms include thickening skin, irregular surface nodularities, and enlargement. Phymatous rosacea can also affect the chin (gnathophyma), forehead (metophyma), cheeks, eyelids (blepharophyma), and ears (otophyma). Small blood vessels visible near the surface of the skin (telangiectasias) may be present.
4. Ocular rosacea: Red (due to telangiectasias), dry, irritated or gritty, eyes and eyelids. Watery eyes. Eyelids often develop cysts. Some other symptoms include foreign body sensations, itching, burning, stinging, and sensitivity to light. Eyes can become more susceptible to infection. About half of the people with subtypes 1-3 also have eye symptoms. Blurry vision and loss of vision can occur.
Treating rosacea varies depending on severity and subtypes. A subtype-directed approach to treating rosacea patients is recommended to dermatologists. Mild cases are often not treated at all, or are simply covered up with normal cosmetics. Therapy for the treatment of rosacea is not curative, and is best measured in terms of reduction in the amount of erythema and inflammatory lesions, decrease in the number, duration, and intensity of flares, and concomitant symptoms of itching, burning, and tenderness. Laser therapy has also been classified as a form of treatment.
While medications often produce a temporary remission of redness within a few weeks, the redness typically returns shortly after treatment is suspended. Lifelong treatment is often necessary, although some cases resolve after a while and go into a permanent remission.
Nature's Gold Therapeutic Skin Cream may help with Rosacea but needs to be applied several times per day and every day.