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Acne Vulgaris is a completely different disease from rosacea, but many authoritative sources report that acne vulgaris can co-exist with rosacea.[1] In past literature, acne rosacea was used to describe adult acne. [2] However, rosacea is generally confined to the facial area while acne can be not only on the facial area but also on the trunk. Treatments for acne usually irritate or exacerbate rosacea and is one of the differentiating diagnostic marker for a rosacea diagnosis. [3]

[1] "It should be noted, however, that it is possible for acne vulgaris and rosacea to appear at the same time in the same patient." Medscape

[2] “It is interesting that the original term for rosacea was “acne rosacea”, which has more features in common with acne than currently realized. If the “acne” portion had been retained in the later works, rosacea might have received much greater investigative attention.” A Personal Critique on the State of Knowledge of Rosacea Albert M. Kligman, M.D., Ph.D. Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.

[3] What is the difference between acne and rosacea?

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