Eczema and rosacea — two conditions you've probably heard of, but what's the difference and how do you know if you have one of them? Let's break it down.
What's the difference between eczema and rosacea?
They are both skin conditions caused by inflammation, but they show up and require different treatment!
Usually appears as dry, red, itchy skin, often on our wrists, elbows, knees, ankles and sometimes face and neck. It affects people of all ages, even babies or little kids. It's usually a chronic condition, meaning you can have flare-ups throughout your life.
Potential triggers include dry skin, heat, sweat, contact with irritating personal care products (e.g. fragrance, harsh actives), detergents, or synthetic materials.
Typically appears as red, flushed skin, but can also show us small bumps that may be confused with adult acne. Flare ups are often only on the face or around the eyes vs. anywhere on the body like eczema.
Potential triggers include not getting enough sleep, stress, eating spicy foods, alcohol, and heat exposure.
What should I use topically to treat these conditions?
Focus on using a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser and moisturizer. Sunflower seed oil, apple cider vinegar, and colloidal oatmeal are also recommended as topical treatments. If your condition doesn't improve after a few months or starts to affect your day-to-day life, consult with a dermatologist.
We recommend seeing a dermatologist to receive a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. They will likely advise using soothing, fragrance-free products, and a daily SPF to support any prescriptions.
In both cases, having a consistent, gentle skincare routine, hydrating your skin, and protecting your skin barrier is key. We also recommend keeping a skin journal to monitor flare-ups to help you identify your specific triggers.