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What’s the difference between acne and rosacea?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Acne and rosacea may look similar, but some important differences set them apart. Acne can cause comedones, also known as whiteheads and blackheads, which are light- or dark-colored bumps that form when skin pores become clogged. Rosacea does not produce comedones. Also, acne often spreads to the back, shoulders, and chest. That's less common in rosacea. Since these two conditions require different treatments, it's important to tell them apart.

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