Are all pimples acne? How do I know if mine is acne?
use the terms pimples and acne interchangeably when talking about
their skin breakouts. However, having a
pimple does not always mean you have acne.
There are many potential causes of pimples other than acne. This guide will share some useful information
about pimples to help you determine if you have acne.
What are pimples?
the unsightly lumps and bumps that sometimes appear on your face and body. They are caused by the skin’s hair follicles
becoming blocked with dead skin cells, bacteria, and oil. Pimples can be separated into three
1) Blackheads and whiteheads
and whiteheads are small pimples that occur shortly after a skin pore is
blocked. If the skin pore is closed, the
top of the pimple will look white, forming what is called a whitehead. If the pore is open, the material causing the
blockage will turn black, forming a blackhead.
These types of pimples are usually fairly easy to treat with
over-the-counter medications and skin cleansers.
2) Papules and pustules
pustules are larger than whiteheads and blackheads. They occur when the pore is so irritated that
its walls break, causing the pimple to grow in size. Papules are hard to the touch and can feel
sore. Pustules look similar to a blister
and usually contain a yellowish pus.
3) Nodules and cysts
pores can sometimes penetrate deeper into the skin, forming nodules or
cysts. They can be quite painful and
difficult to deal with. Nodules are
quite hard while cysts are soft and contain pus. Professional medical help, lifestyle changes,
and medications may be required to deal with nodules and cysts.
important to understand that having pimples does not mean you have acne. Your pimples may be triggered by medication
you are taking, exposure to chemicals, or poor hygiene. You can even develop pimples by simply
touching your face too much as it leads to a buildup of oil and blocked pores.
What is acne?
Acne (Acne vulgaris)
is a chronic skin condition. It causes
the skin’s pores to become blocked, which subsequently causes pimples to
appear. Acne can be responsible for all
types of pimples — blackheads, whiteheads, papules, pustules, nodules, and
severity of acne is categorized as mild, moderate or severe. Mild acne is the presence of clogged skin
pores that result in whiteheads and blackheads.
Moderate acne results in more inflammation of the skin and the presence
of papules or pustules. Severe acne can
result in nodules and cysts. The severe
form of acne is also called cystic acne.
has an underlying cause, which is usually:
- Genetics - Genetics is responsible for an estimated
80% of all acne cases. In most cases, people with a genetic
predisposition to acne have more severe breakouts when other factors are
involved, like hormones or poor hygiene.
Researchers have already identified multiple genes that are linked
- Hormones - Hormonal
activity can also cause acne to form.
Sex hormones called androgens are mostly responsible as they cause the
skin follicle glands to produce more sebum — an oily substance that lubricates
the skin and hair. Unfortunately,
excessive levels of sebum can result in blocked pores, causing pimples.
- Infections - Certain
types of bacteria can contribute
to the development of acne.
- Diet - Some
researchers believe that diet can contribute to the severity of acne and
frequency of breakouts. They believe
that a diet containing foods with a high-glycemic-index can cause inflammation,
dramatically worsening acne. However,
the link between diet and acne is still being debated.
How to tell if your pimples mean you have acne?
So, how can
you tell if your pimples are caused by acne?
Here are a few tell-tale signs:
- You often have breakouts
that affect sections of skin - If your
breakouts involve a cluster of pimples appearing at the same time and for no
obvious reason — it may be acne. It is
normal to have one or two pimples on your face, but if six or seven pop up
overnight, acne is probably the culprit.
- Breakouts continue for an
extended period - If your
skin has had pimples for more than a month, acne may be responsible.
- Breakouts are linked to
hormonal fluctuations - If you have
particularly bad breakouts when your hormones are fluctuating, it may be
acne. Many women find that their
breakouts are worse during certain parts of their menstrual cycle.
- Acne is common in your
family - If your mom
or dad had to deal with acne, it is very likely that your pimples are being
caused by Acne Vulgaris.
- Changing your skin care
routine doesn’t help - If you have
tried many types of soaps and moisturizers but your pimples keep
re-appearing, it is probably acne.
That’s because acne can occur even if your skin is very clean. You may need to attack the problem from more
angles, including dietary changes and supplements.
- Breakouts continue into
adulthood - Most people
deal with pimples regularly when they teenagers. That’s because of the high levels of sex
hormones being produced by their body during puberty will also create excessive
amounts of sebum. However, if you
continue having breakouts in your 20s and 30s, it is probably acne.
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