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Differences Between Eczema and Rosacea

Eczema vs Rosacea

We take pride in taking care of our physical appearance, don’t you agree? Some even go to more expensive lengths to preserve their skin, and the tightness of it, and go through cosmetic procedures to keep their skin, their total being, their physical appearance at its optimum. So when one experiences skin allergies, or skin irritation, we can be nonchalant about it, or we spend money and go to a skin doctor. If you intend to just be aware of these important facts, this article aims to help you determine what they are and differentiate between eczema and rosacea.

What is eczema?

For starters, it is a skin condition … that is, a bad skin condition that is chronic, which means something that would last for a long period of time, or something that would be recurring. Here are some common diagnoses that might confirm that you have eczema: a long period with itchy skin, specifically, but not limited, to the same area, itching and irritation on certain areas like the crease in front of your elbow, behind the knees, in front of your ankles, around the neck, or around the eyes; dry skin; hay fever or asthma; and other conditions that would allow your doctor to diagnose you with eczema.

What is rosacea?

Rosacea is yet another chronic skin illness, but this time it is characterized by facial erythema, or redness. Sometimes it is also repeatedly experiencing pimples. There are actually four types of rosacea, these include permanent redness with a tendency to blush and flush easily. The second type is having some permanent redness with red bumps that are pus filled. The third type is something that is akin to the enlargement of the nose, and finally, red, dry, irritated eyes and eyelids.

Reading through those definitions might certainly alarm you if you get to notice some redness on your face. At the same time, you might feel that the itchiness that you are feeling on certain areas indicated above might already be a hint that you might have eczema. The bottom line is that you are aware that all these are ‘possible’ symptoms and you should always take the time to visit a doctor. They always know best. They would have not only ask the right questions to determine if what you have is really eczema, rosacea, or any other skin problem, but they would also be able to give you the right medication. More often than not, when we see those symptoms in ourselves, we try to be a doctor ourselves, and follow the same medication by someone we know who has or has had the same skin problem. This should not be done. Remember, one person’s reaction to a certain medication would always vary with another person.


Skin problems should not be set aside, thinking that it would just go away. Rosacea is a chronic skin problem that focuses more on the face. Eczema, another chronic skin problem, focuses, but certainly not limited to, the creases like front of the elbow, back of the knees, and such.

There are almost always similar indications and causes that would allow the individual to develop and acquire either eczema or rosacea. More often though, eczema is hereditary.

Lastly, there will always be the best way to take care of your skin should you have either, with the help of your doctor. Topical creams or ointment are probably the easiest way to deal with either skin problem, but without the right medication from your doctor, you just might be making things worse because you used a certain cream that would be detrimental to the skin problem you have.

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