Different spots on the face – self-diagnosis tips

If there are red pimples, spots or spots on the face, it can be caused by various diagnoses. This often includes acne, rosacea, perioral dermatitis (clown’s eczema) or eczema. Distinguishing between these diagnoses can be very difficult. With this blog we hope to provide self-diagnosis tips and more information about which skin condition you have.

This is especially important as different skin care tips and treatments are provided for each skin type. For example, corticosteroid creams aggravate acne, rosacea, and periorbital rashes, but on the other hand, we treat eczema with these creams. Vice versa, an antibiotic does not primarily help against eczema.

Acne, Rosacea, Perioral Rash Aggravated By Corticosteroid Creams


AGE<24 jaar (indien>24 years, often known to have acne before that)>30 YEARAll agesAll ages
LOCATION– T-zone face
– Checks and jawline
– Back and chest
– Bulging areas of the face: especially cheeks, nose and foreheadAround the mouth, sometimes around the eyes– In particular, cheeks
– Adults often include upper eyelids
FEATURESBlackheads black and/or white (without blackheads no acne!)Often reinforced vascular drawings cheeksAlong the lips is a narrow zone of normal skinOften known at a young age with eczema
COMPLAINTSPain, particularly deep inflammation– Burning sensation
– Sometimes itching
– Flushing (excessive flushing with heat sensation)
– Occasional eye complaints (sand-grain feeling, dry eyes, conjunctivitis)
Frequent burning sensation– Itch
– Burning: suddenly eczema later in life, think contact allergy!
OTHER SYMPTOMS– Patches (papules)
– Pimples (pustules)
– Pigment spots
– Scarring where there were previously pustules or papules
– Diffuse redness
– Small vessels (rosacea)
– Patches (papules)
– Pimples (pustules)
Abdominal complaints (IBS) (More on Rosacea, not limited to just the skin)
– Sometimes itching
– No scars
– Red scaly areas
– Cracking effects in the red spots
– Sometimes yellow or red scabs
– In the case of eyelids, rubbing often also causes coarsening of the skin folds and more creases
– No red bumps!
– Pigmentation spots, white or dark spots
– Anabolic steroids
– Excessive protein intake, whey powders
– Hormone ointments
– Certain anti-conception
– Sun
– Diet
– Temperature change
– Heat
– Hormone ointments
– Hormone ointments
– Puffers with hormones
– Stress
– Later age sudden eczema: allergic reaction

For tips and what you can do yourself, we have a comprehensive page dedicated to: acne, rosacea, perioral dermatitis, eczema.

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While you are here

Beautiful, healthy skin starts from within, in the gut. The intestinal flora, also known as the gut microbiota, plays an important role in maintaining healthy skin. In this article I will explain how a healthy intestinal flora contributes to healthy skin and how a disturbed intestinal flora can lead to skin problems.

Healthy skin has a good balance between the different layers of the skin and the functions of the skin cells. A good skin barrier prevents dehydration and infections and keeps the skin looking radiant and healthy. To maintain healthy skin, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and take good care of the skin with appropriate skin care products.

Various skin diseases, such as acne, rosacea and eczema, can be caused by a disturbed intestinal flora. This is because the intestinal flora plays an important role in the body’s immune system. A disturbed intestinal flora can lead to an overactive immune system, which can lead to inflammation and skin problems. More on nutrition for acne, psoriasis, skin cancer and rosacea

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Dr. Francis Wu

Dr. Francis Wu, een vooraanstaande dermatoloog, is de drijvende kracht achter Iconic Elements. Hij heeft sinds 2004 zijn expertise ingezet om een veilige en effectieve huidverzorgingslijn te creëren, geschikt voor zowel gezonde huid als huidproblemen. Iconic Elements, opgericht in 2016, is de eerste brede skincare lijn in Nederland ontwikkeld door een dermatoloog. Als medisch specialist streeft Dr. Wu naar het bevorderen van het welzijn van mensen door hoogwaardige en effectieve huidverzorgingsproducten te bieden. De proefdiervrije en vegan producten vermijden schadelijke chemicaliën en bevatten natuurlijke ingrediënten.
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