Before you start treating yourself with over-the-counter acne remedies, you need to be sure that you’re not dealing with something that isn’t actually acne. It could be one of three skin conditions that can mimic acne.
Rosacea: This condition can flare up in response to heat, sunlight, alcohol, embarrassment, stress or spicy food. After a reddening of the skin, pimples can form.
Milia: These are tiny white bumps that patients often mistake for calcium deposits. They are actually very small cysts that can be removed by a physician.
Viral infections: Molluscum contagiosum and other viral infections can manifest as small, pearl-like, pink bumps. While this can occur in anyone, it’s less common than viral warts. Lesions usually disappear on their own in a few months.
If you’re having difficulty determining whether or not you’ve got acne or something else, a visit to your dermatologist can help you identify the reason for your bumps, as well as a solution.
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