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Is It Acne Or Something Else?

There is nothing worse than thinking you have acne then finding out you don’t. With the wrong diagnosis you cannot make the right decision for treatment. There are several different conditions that are similar to acne but are treated differently. Some people have been treating for acne and saw no results. Then they dive a bit deeper and find it was all together something else. So this raises a good question. Is it acne or something else? Here are some similar skin conditions that you should know about:

1. Rosacea is a condition that has pimples in the middle third of the face. It has redness and superficial blood vessels. People who are in their 30’s or older may be affected. The difference is that there are no whiteheads or blackheads.

2. Folliculitis is inflamed follicles. They are found on other parts of the body such as the abdomen, buttocks, or legs. Generally they will go away on their own. If not a doctor can prescribe antibiotics.

3. Gram-negative folliculitis. This condition occurs when a person has been treated with antibiotics for a long period of time. The pustules are filled with bacteria resistant to the antibiotics which have previously been used.

4. Pseudofolliculitis is sometimes called razor bumps or razor rash. This is a mechanical problem. It is not bacterial. Treatment involves shaving less. A person with acne can also have pseudofolliculitis.

As you can see the answer is not always acne. It could be something else. Paying close attention to the symptoms that you have is critical to an accurate diagnosis. None of these conditions are something that you would like to have. But knowledge is a powerful thing in treating any condition.

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