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Difference between Acne and Pimples?

Written By Dr. Kiran On Nov 14, 2021

Overview

Acne and pimples are both common names for the skin-damaging outbreaks that afflict you all. Are they, however, the same thing? It’s likely that if you’re like many acne sufferers, you’ve seen various types of acne and pimples on different areas of your body, all of which you wish would go away forever. Breakout-blues no longer need to be a part of your life.

What is Acne?

Having acne happens when your hair follicles get blocked with oil and dead skin cells due to an overproduction of sebum in your skin. As a result, there can be whiteheads, blackheads, or pimples. Although it affects individuals of all ages, acne is most prevalent among adolescents.

Several acne treatments are available, but the condition may recur despite the use of these therapies. As soon as one pimple or bump has begun to heal, it seems like a whole new batch has appeared.

Acne, depending on its severity, may be debilitating psychologically and leave physical scars. The sooner you begin therapy, the lesser your chances of developing such issues would be.

What is a Pimple?

A pimple is a little pustule or papule on the skin. They can be red, puffy lesions filled with pus.

Acne is a skin condition, whereas pimples are one of its symptoms. They are most common throughout adolescence but may develop at any time.

Hormone production changes throughout adolescence. Sebaceous glands at the base of hair follicles may become hyperactive as a result of this. In women, this means that adolescent years and the time surrounding menstruation are the most probable times for pimples to appear.

Causes

Acne has four major causes:

  • Excess oil (sebum) production
  • Follicles blocked by dead skin cells and excess oil
  • Bacteria
  • Inflammation

Certain factors may trigger or aggravate acne:

Hormones: Androgens are hormones that stimulate sebaceous glands to expand and produce more sebum in both males and girls. Midlife hormonal changes, especially in women, may cause breakouts.

Medication: Corticosteroids, testosterone, and lithium are examples.

Diet: Certain meals, such as carbohydrate-rich foods like bread, bagels, and chips, have been linked to acne. More research is required to see whether dietary limitations help acne sufferers.

Stress: Stress doesn’t cause acne and pimples, but it may exacerbate it.

Difference between Acne and Pimple

Acne is more common among adolescents. During adolescence, hormones fluctuate, which is the most likely cause. 

Scaly red skin, sebum accumulation under the surface of the skin (pin-points/pimples), or nodules are all signs of acne. Several types of bacteria may be present in this sebum sample. Treating acne does not need specialized care.

Acne may be controlled by keeping the skin clean. However, if the problem is serious, medical attention may be required. This disease is treated with retinoic acids (a kind of vitamin A).

Acne comes in several forms, the most common of which being pimples. Under the skin, sebum (oily excretion) is built up. As a result, an elevation creates. The pimple’s tip may be white or black. When the pores of the oil-secreting glands get clogged, pimples may grow more widely. In addition to infecting the skin, the germs may also spread to pimples. 

As androgen (a hormone) levels rise throughout adolescence, many females get acne and pimples. Treatment options included anti-androgen medications. Only a dermatologist doctor with expertise in this area should initiate treatment.

Treatment options in short

Common topical prescription acne treatments include:

  • Retinoids and retinoid-like medicines: Retinoids and tretinoin are often used for mild acne. All three types are available for treatment. You can use this medicine in the evening, three times a week at first, then daily as your skin adapts. It keeps hair follicles open. Moreover, apply tretinoin before applying benzoyl peroxide on the skin. Remember that topical retinoids enhance UV sensitivity and cause Dehydration, and rashes in some cases.
  • Antibiotics: These eliminate germs on the skin and reduce redness and irritation. Use a retinoid and an antibiotic together for the first several months of therapy. Antibiotics are often used with benzoyl peroxide to decrease antibiotic resistance.
  • Azelaic and salicylic acid: Azelaic acid is a naturally occurring yeast acid and antibacterial. Twice daily usage of 20% azelaic acid cream or gel appears as effective as many traditional acne treatments. An alternative during pregnancy and breastfeeding is azelaic acid. It treats acne-related discolouration. Salicylic acid is available in both wash-off and leave-on treatments.
  • Dapsone: Dapsone (Aczone) 5% gel twice a day for inflammatory acne, particularly in women. Symptoms include redness and drying.

Conclusion

Acne is characterized by breakouts of pimples. Individual pimples may develop on their own or as a part of an overall acne issue, while acne is an entire disease. Every person’s skincare requirements are distinct, and so does the treatment.

If you have had pimples or acne for a long time, you should consult a dermatologist at the earliest. It is a medical condition that needs attention rather than ignorance.

You can book an appointment and talk to our experts in detail.

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Dr. Kiran Chotaliya

M.D. (Skin & V.D.),
Dermatologist and Hair Transplant Surgeon

Dr Kiran Chotaliya is a renowned Dermatologist and Hair Transplant surgeon based in Pune.

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