Pimples aren’t just from acne

I recently learned that pimples can come from skin conditions other than acne. And here I though that a pimple is a pimple is a pimple. After some investigation, I’ve decided that I do, in fact, have acne. Other people, however, might suffer from other skin conditions that give the appearance of acne because they cause pimples (or blemishes that look enough like pimples that most people can’t tell the difference).

Rosacea

This is one of the most common skin conditions for people over 35. I’m crossing my fingers that I don’t get it when I hit my mid-30s. That would just be a travesty. Rosacea is a skin inflammatory disorder that causes redness and postules. It’s a pretty nasty looking condition, but it doesn’t cause any real harm other than some minor pain and low self-esteem…

Heat Rash

Apparently heat rashes can also cause a condition that looks like acne. Heat rash occurs when your sweat glands become irritated by high heat. When this happens, you get small, red bumps on your skin. They look like pimples, but you’re not going to get rid of them with an acne medication.

Keratosis Pilaris

This is a skin condition caused by a build up of keratin in your pores. It produces small bumps that are either red or flesh-colored. They don’t look exactly like pimples. More like tiny pimples that haven’t figured out how to become more menacing. The good news is that this condition usually goes away on its own, so it doesn’t require any treatment.

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