Skin Conditions That Look Like Acne – What Are They?
Why Skin Health Is A Top Concern
Our first line of defense from the outside world is our skin. If we have bad and unhealthy skin, our bodies will definitely be prone to skin diseases that can lead to internal and therefore more serious infections. Our skin may react to different infections in a form of acne and some skin conditions might not be really acne as they look like.
Mirjana Dobric has compiled 31 interesting statistics about the beauty industry and one of which is about the skin. Her January article stated that “Skincare is the second-largest branch of the beauty industry, with more than 23% of its revenue.”
The matters about the skin does not solely concern the health but also the sense of beauty. When talking about beauty we imagine clean, smooth, glowing, and blemish-free skin. This is the reason why we, especially those invested in the entertainment industry, are very crucial when it comes to skin health and skincare regimen.
What Really Is Acne?
By definition, acne happens when dead skin cells and oil are trapped inside the hair follicles, a part of the skin where the hair grows out. Acne causes those blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples on your face, back, neck, shoulders, and chest.
According to Mayo Clinic, this persistent skin condition is usual among adolescents but it also occurs in younger and older people. Basically, it can happen to everyone.
The main causes of acne are bacteria, excess oil, clogged follicles, and excess activity of androgen, a hormone that regulates male characteristics. Extensive treatment for acne becomes essential, particularly if the case is persistent. There are topical medications (e.g., antibiotics, salicylic acid), oral medications (e.g., antibiotics, anti-androgen agents), and therapies (e.g., chemical peel, laser therapy) to treat this skin condition.
However, acne is sometimes mistaken for something else, especially if a dermatologist does not properly diagnoses the condition of skin. If this is the case, the wrong treatment may be applied for a different skin condition, which can make everything much worse.
Four skin conditions that look like acne but are actually not
In fact, other skin conditions look very much like acne but are actually different. Here are four skin conditions that look like acne but they’re actually not.
From the name itself, rosacea is a skin condition that causes abnormal redness or rosiness of the skin, particularly in the neck and face. It looks like acne because of its redness and some skin bumps. Unlike the acne rosacea mainly appears in the central part of the face and consists of small red bumps filled with pus.
This condition is genetic and its triggers are sun, heat, smoking, or alcohol. A way to prevent this is to put on sunscreen when going out in the sun. Antibiotic topical creams are generally used to treat rosacea.
This one generally can appear in armpits, legs, buttocks, and neck, but it also occurs anywhere in the body that has hair. Folliculitis happens when the hair follicles are infected by bacteria or yeast. This then causes skin bumps and tiny swellings to appear. If the case is mild, basic skincare can clear it up. Otherwise, oral antibiotics, anti-yeast therapy, and topical creams are helpful to treat severe cases of folliculitis.
3) Skin Cancer
When you observe pinkish growths on the skin with lowered center and raised edges, these could actually be skin cancer. Moreover, if you see reddish pearly bumps with black, brown, and blue tinges, these could also be skin cancer. Other forms of this type of cancer are open sores that heal then come back or those that don’t heal at all.
Now the treatment for skin cancer is very different from that for acne. It would be best to immediately consult a doctor once you see this on your skin. At early stages, skin cancer is very treatable. But it could be dangerous if it is neglected for later treatment.
The Staphylococcus aureus bacteria is the precursor of this skin condition. Staph looks like large, reddish, and inflamed skin bumps that are usually painful. Since this bacterium is around us every time, we can easily get infected if there are cuts or wounds on our skin. Commonly treatment for staph infection is using antibiotics. But if the bacteria get into the blood stream, a more serious treatment will be implemented by the doctor.
A very effective way to prevent staph is by frequently washing the hands. Also, avoid touching blemishes in order to prevent the staph infection get into blood, bones and joints.
5) Perioral dermatitis
This skin condition also may look like acne, but actually it appears only around mouth. Perioral dermatitis usually happens among young and middle-aged women. You’ll see redness and pimple-like breakouts around the mouth. Dermatitis may also develop in other parts of the face: nose (perinasal) or around eyes (periorbital).
The real cause of perioral dermatitis is still not clear. Along with redness you can feel itchiness and burn that may cause you additional discomfort. However, dermatitis is treatable skin condition and with no remaining scars. Remember to see the dermatologist on time, otherwise, dermatitis may last for years.
6) Allergic reaction
Allergy comes in different variety of forms and shapes and one of the widespread forms is acne-like breakout. It’s not difficult to distinguish acne and allergic reaction, the latter comes with redness, intense itchiness and scaly patches. However, acne doesn’t itch, instead it can be painful, especially bigger ones.
Allergy on your face can be the reaction of your body to the specific food that it can’t get on with. If you constantly have allergic reactions see immediately a dermatologist. After proper observation and testing you’ll identify what causes the allergy and later you can avoid that product.
Moreover, women usually have allergic reactions for different cosmetics or makeup products. Non-organic cosmetic products or some chemicals in makeup products (mainly foundation and powder) can cause allergic breakout. Change your cosmetics and try to use more natural and organic products and you won’t have such kind of problems.