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If you're over 40 and suddenly develop severe acne, you could be suffering from acne rosacea, which is a different disease from acne vulgaris, the medical name for your garden variety of acne.
How can you tell the difference? Acne rosacea is characterized by redness, inflammation (swelling), and dilated blood vessels.
- you don't have any blackheads
- the acne is located mainly on the central part of your face (your nose and cheeks)
- you have a lot of pustules (pus-containing pimples)
You're more likely to suffer from this type of acne if you're light-skinned.
Unfortunately, there's not much you can do on your own for acne rosacea, although you should be especially careful about avoiding the sun, since sun exposure can worsen the condition. Acne rosacea can, however, be treated by a dermatologist.
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