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Does rosacea cause pimples and blackheads?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Rosacea is an acne-like skin condition that causes redness, pimples, and pustules, but it does not cause blackheads. A pimple is a red inflamed bump, and a pustule is a small skin bump that may be filled with pus or a white liquid. Blackheads are small, dark bumps that form when dead cells and excess oil clog skin pores (tiny openings in the skin).

Because of inflammation and swelling of blood vessels under the skin, rosacea causes the skin to turn red and flush or blush easily. People with rosacea can have acne-like lesions that may be filled with pus and crust over. In addition, many people with rosacea get noticeable spider veins (called telangiectasia) on their cheeks and sides of their nose. While acne usually goes away with proper treatment, rosacea has no cure. This skin condition is chronic (long-term) and persistent. Rosacea must be managed daily with a skincare regimen, rosacea treatment, and avoiding known rosacea triggers.

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