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What is the difference between adult acne and rosacea? How can your Riversol products help my condition?
Written by Dr Jason Rivers   

Although acne is thought to be a disease of teenagers, it can linger on or even start well after the high school years. In fact, adult acne can affect over 25% of people in their adult years. Adult acne has a similar appearance to acne of the teen years, though the distribution of lesions may differ slightly in adult women. Typically, acne has open and closed comedones (“blackheads” and “whiteheads”) as the hallmark lesions. In addition, papules (red bumps), pustules (puss filled pimples) and nodules (deep seated and sore lesions) may develop. Acne lesions appear on the face, upper chest and back most often. In women, acne may flare around or during the menstrual cycle with a predilection for lesions to develop along the jawline and neck.

By contrast, rosacea is disease that affects 5% of the Canadian population and usually has its onset between the ages of 25 and 45 years. Women seem to be more likely to develop rosacea than men for unknown reasons. Often people with fair skin and a “Celtic” background are more likely to develop rosacea and certain trigger factors may set it off - stress, sunlight exposure, tea/coffee, red wine consumption and spicy foods, for example. Initially, people with rosacea may experience flushing of the central face as a response to one or more of these trigger factors. With time, widened red blood vessels may appear (capillaries) on the nose and cheeks preferentially. Why people often confuse rosacea with acne is because rosacea patients may also develop papules and pustules. However, rosacea is not associated with comedones like acne. Further, in advanced rosacea cases the nose may enlarge (rhinophyma) because of an increase in oil gland size, and the eyes may become irritated too.

Riversol products can help the skin of both rosacea and acne sufferers. First, Riversol can help to improve the appearance of the skin by gently moisturizing the skin to help restore the damaged barrier function. Second, the main active ingredient of Riversol – beta thujaplicin derived from the Pacific Red Cedar tree – has anti-inflammatory properties that may benefit both acne and rosacea sufferers.

Dr Jason Rivers -

One of Canada’s top dermatologists, Dr. Jason Rivers is board certified in North America and is Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of British Columbia. He is a partner at Pacific Dermaesthetics, a private medical and cosmetic dermatology practice in Vancouver, BC. or


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