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Rosacea or Acne??

I used to have really bad acne until a couple weeks ago; I started drinking more water and all of the bumps went away. But now, my face is constantly red and I have these red, flat, blotchy spots everywhere. Some days are worse than others, it's like it will flare up sometimes. My mom and I researched it and were convinced it was rosacea, but I went to a dermatologist and she said it was acne scars and put me on all of this treatment. But I'm still stuck on the rosacea thing, because I just can't understand how all of these "acne scars" would have popped up overnight and spread around.And I have ZERO pimples on my face, it's just redness and spots. So isn't it pointless to put me on acne medication? I can post pictures if needed.
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Also, I do flush very easily. And I'm 18, which I know is pretty young to have rosacea.
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It can be due to dermatitis or redness associated with acne or due to dermatitis skin. Rosacea does not crop up suddenly all of a sudden. Do not use any cosmetic products at the sites. You can apply some calamine lotion at the rash as it will help in soothing the skin. Also use a mild soap and a good sunscreen when going out in the sun.

Application of mild corticosteroid cream and oral antiinflammatories like ibuprofen/acetaminophen are also helpful. If the symptoms are severe then it will be best to consult a dermatologist.

It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.

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