Red skin and pimples, rosacea or acne, or some combination?

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16 year old kid, about 3 years ago he was given some prescribed acne meds by his doctor. Now, he has very red cheeks, it looks like he's constantly blushing, and generally red skin on his chin and between his eyebrows. Along with that, he tends to get pimples (some blackheads, some inflamed whiteheads) on his chin, in the same general area as the redness on his chin. The acne meds don't seem to be helping too much, it's just a twice daily face wash and clindamycin phosphate topical lotion. Haven't been to the doctor's recently, not sure if I even want to take him with all that's going on. He's never had acne on his cheeks where that red is, yet nothing seems to help. Wondering whether anyone might have any ideas as to if the acne meds could be worsening the redness if it is rosacea, or if something stronger is needed if it's acne. Thanks for any help!

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    Redness is a possible side effect of Clindamycin Phosphate. What is the active ingredient in the face wash?

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      The face wash active ingredient is zinc coceth sulfate. For the clindamycin phosphate, he said he doesn't put it anywhere but on the pimples themselves, so the red cheeks wouldn't be caused by that.

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    This may be rosacea and not so much acne. If he has been using these preparations for 3 years and not much improvement then maybe it is time to change to a rosacea treatment. Can you phone or email your doctor? There are also lots of preparations you can buy from the pharmacy or on line so might be worth dong a bit of research and trying one.

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      Thats what ive been wondering about, just due to his age it seems more likely to be hormonal acne. I'll look into it, any at home remedies we can try in the meantime?

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