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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.
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
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.
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:
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