3 Skin Conditions that Imitate Acne

Do you really have acne or some other skin condition

There are several skin conditions that do a good job imitating acne. No one likes acne and no one wants it. Many people panic when they have a breakout and immediately jump to the conclusion that they have acne and begin treating it as such. Learn about these other skin conditions that imitate acne so you can treat your complexion problems correctly and quickly.

Understanding acne

Acne is very common. This skin problem that usually begins in the teenage years and is traditionally worse during this time; however, it doesn't stop there. People suffer from acne breakouts later in life during hormonal changes such as pregnancy, and menopause too. Acne is characterized by small pimples, blackheads or sore red bumps on the face, chest, and back.

First, try over-the-counter acne medications for acne treatment. If these don't work, see a qualified dermatologist for stronger medicine and antibiotics.

If you have many pus-filled sacs, pimples or blackheads, acne may be the cause. but learn about these other common skin conditions and be sure.


If your face always looks "flushed" with redness around your cheeks, chin, forehead, and nose, you may have rosacea. This is a skin disease that affects your face. See a dermatologist for diagnosis, medication, and instructions about how to treat and prevent flare-ups.


Many people get boils and think that it is cystic acne. A boil is a painful red bump or a cluster of these bumps. For treatment of a boil, compress it with a warm washcloth and use antibiotic ointments. If the boil doesn't come to a head, open and drain, see a doctor for stronger medication and more aggressive treatment.


Folliculitis is an infection in one of your hair follicles or where the hair grows out from your body. These look like small boils around a hair shaft or a skin pore. Most of the time, these will heal on their own but be wary if they don't heal and get worse. These result in deep scaring of your skin. See your dermatologist and get antibiotic ointment.

Whether you have acne, rosacea, boils, or folliculitis, all of these skin conditions can be treated if properly diagnosed. If you aren't sure which skin condition you have, be sure and see your dermatologist.

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