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Skin Bumps~ What Are They?

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Milia can look like whiteheads.

Slide 2 of 12: 
  One type of skin lesion that can
  mimic a pimple is a milia. These pale, raised dots
  
  frequently appear around the eyes, but milia can also show up on other areas of
  the skin.

  "Milia can look like whiteheads,
  but they are actually tiny keratin cysts that form in a pore.
  Since milia are encased under skin, they can sit there for months
  bothering you unless they are extracted," board-certified
  dermatologist 
  Dr. Heather Downes
  told INSIDER.

  Milia are harmless, but many
  people want to be rid of them for cosmetic reasons.
  Dermatologists typically puncture the skin with a sterile
  instrument and then use a tool called a comedone extractor to
  squeeze them out of the skin. According to Healthline,
  
  chemical peels and topical retinoids may also be
  helpful in clearing
  away milia.

One type of skin lesion that can mimic a pimple is a milia. These pale, raised dots frequently appear around the eyes, but milia can also show up on other areas of the skin.

“Milia can look like whiteheads, but they are actually tiny keratin cysts that form in a pore. Since milia are encased under skin, they can sit there for months bothering you unless they are extracted,” board-certified dermatologist Dr. Heather Downes told INSIDER.

Milia are harmless, but many people want to be rid of them for cosmetic reasons. Dermatologists typically puncture the skin with a sterile instrument and then use a tool called a comedone extractor to squeeze them out of the skin. According to Healthline, chemical peels and topical retinoids may also be helpful in clearing away milia.

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  Another condition that is
  frequently confused with acne is rosacea. This chronic skin
  condition often leads to 
  facial redness, visible blood
  vessels, and bumps. 
  

  "Patients with rosacea have very
  sensitive skin. Their skin gets easily irritated by sunlight,
  cold wind, and irritating skin products. As a result, their skin
  can turn red and form small. temporary pink bumps and pustules
  that look like acne, but are actually bumps of inflammation,"
  explained Dr. Downes.

  These bumps usually occur on the
  forehead, nose, cheeks, or chin and can last days. Unfortunately,
  Dr. Downes advised that 
  scrubbing or using acne
  medications on rosacea can inflame the skin
  more. It's best to see
  a dermatologist to treat rosacea, as there are topical
  medications that can keep it under control. People with rosacea
  should also be careful about 
  protecting their skin from the
  sun.

Rosacea can cause red patches and bumps on the skin.

Another condition that is frequently confused with acne is rosacea. This chronic skin condition often leads to facial redness, visible blood vessels, and bumps.

“Patients with rosacea have very sensitive skin. Their skin gets easily irritated by sunlight, cold wind, and irritating skin products. As a result, their skin can turn red and form small. temporary pink bumps and pustules that look like acne, but are actually bumps of inflammation,” explained Dr. Downes.

These bumps usually occur on the forehead, nose, cheeks, or chin and can last days. Unfortunately, Dr. Downes advised that scrubbing or using acne medications on rosacea can inflame the skin more. It’s best to see a dermatologist to treat rosacea, as there are topical medications that can keep it under control. People with rosacea should also be careful about protecting their skin from the sun.

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  Periorificial dermatitis is a
  skin condition that causes clusters of small, itchy, and
  sometimes sore red bumps on the face. When the condition affects
  the lower half of the face, it may be known by the more specific
  term of perioral dermatitis.

  Board-certified
  dermatologist Dr. Susan Bard told INSIDER that is most commonly presents
  around the nose and mouth and is 
  usually linked to overuse of
  topical steroids. It
  can also be triggered by inhaled prescription steroid sprays used in
  the nose and the mouth, some toothpaste, and heavy face
  moisturizers.

  Normally, periorificial
  dermatitis will go away once you stop using topical steroids or
  the irritating product. Sometimes dermatologists 
  will also prescribe an oral
  antibiotic such as tetracycline or a topical antibiotic 
  like metronidazole.

Periorificial dermatitis can cause “breakouts” around the nose and mouth.

Periorificial dermatitis causes clusters of small, itchy, and sometimes sore red bumps on the face. When the condition affects the lower half of the face, it may be known by the more specific term of perioral dermatitis.

Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Susan Bard told INSIDER that it most commonly presents around the nose and mouth and is usually linked to overuse of topical steroids. It can also be triggered by inhaled prescription steroid sprays used in the nose and the mouth, some toothpaste, and heavy face moisturizers.

Slide 5 of 12: 
  If you think you have body acne,
  you may want to make sure it's not actually folliculitis. This is
  a condition in which 
  normal hair follicles become
  inflamed or infected,
  resulting in small red bumps. It most commonly occurs on the
  chest, back, arms, and legs.

  "The bumps look like acne, but if
  you look closely, you will see the pattern follows hair your
  follicles. This condition is usually caused by bacteria but can
  sometimes be caused by yeast in the skin," board-certified
  dermatologist Dr.
  Jerome Potozkin told
  INSIDER.

  Prevention includes
  
  showering after exercise or hot
  tub use to remove sweat and bacteria, as well as using gentle antibacterial soap
  on affected areas. Treatment options range from topical
  antibacterial agents and anti-yeast medicines to oral
  medications. The AAD advised that if you keep your immune system
  healthy and stop doing whatever is causing the
  folliculitis, 
  it will usually go
  away.

It’s easy to mistake folliculitis for body acne.

If you think you have body acne, you may want to make sure it’s not actually folliculitis. This is a condition in which normal hair follicles become inflamed or infected, resulting in small red bumps. It most commonly occurs on the chest, back, arms, and legs.

“The bumps look like acne, but if you look closely, you will see the pattern follows hair your follicles. This condition is usually caused by bacteria but can sometimes be caused by yeast in the skin,” board-certified dermatologist Dr. Jerome Potozkin told INSIDER.

Prevention includes showering after exercise or hot tub use to remove sweat and bacteria, as well as using gentle antibacterial soap on affected areas. Treatment options range from topical antibacterial agents and anti-yeast medicines to oral medications. The AAD advised that if you keep your immune system healthy and stop doing whatever is causing the folliculitis, it will usually go away.

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  Sebaceous hyperplasia takes the
  form of
  small bumps that grow in hair
  follicles with enlarged sebaceous glands. Though it is technically considered a
  tumor, sebaceous hyperplasia is totally harmless and not
  cancerous.

  These benign growths often appear
  reddish with a hint of yellow or white, Dr. Potozkin explained.
  They tend to be inherited and 
  most commonly appear on the face of older
  adults, though they
  can occur at any age.

  If you wish to have sebaceous
  hyperplasia treated, your dermatologist 
  will likely use light electrocautery or laser
  vaporization to remove
  individual lumps.

Sebaceous hyperplasia can look like large pimples.

Sebaceous hyperplasia takes the form of small bumps that grow in hair follicles with enlarged sebaceous glands. Though it is technically considered a tumor, sebaceous hyperplasia is totally harmless and not cancerous.

These benign growths often appear reddish with a hint of yellow or white, Dr. Potozkin explained. They tend to be inherited and most commonly appear on the face of older adults, though they can occur at any age.

If you wish to have sebaceous hyperplasia treated, your dermatologist will likely use light electrocautery or laser vaporization to remove individual lumps.

Slide 7 of 12: 
  Though acne pimples are caused by
  bacteria on the skin, similar-looking lesions can actually be
  caused by a viral infection.

  "Molluscum contagiosum is a viral
  skin condition that can cause doughnut-shaped pink or
  skin-colored bumps on the skin. When small, these may be confused
  with pimples," Dr. Bard told INSIDER.

  According to the British
  Association of Dermatologists, molluscum contagiousum is caused
  by a pox virus and 
  can be spread from person to
  person through direct contact or sharing personal
  items like towels or
  clothes. The condition is harmless and usually clears by itself,
  though in some people this may take between six and 18
  months.

Molluscum contagiosum can cause doughnut-shaped bumps on the skin.

Though acne pimples are caused by bacteria on the skin, similar-looking lesions can actually be caused by a viral infection.

“Molluscum contagiosum is a viral skin condition that can cause doughnut-shaped pink or skin-colored bumps on the skin. When small, these may be confused with pimples,” Dr. Bard told INSIDER.

According to the British Association of Dermatologists, molluscum contagiousum is caused by a pox virus and can be spread from person to person through direct contact or sharing personal items like towels or clothes. The condition is harmless and usually clears by itself, though in some people this may take between six and 18 months.

Slide 8 of 12: 
  Keratosis pilaris is very common
  skin condition that causes small, hard bumps to appear on your
  skin like a rash.
  These bumps may make your skin feel like sandpaper.

  "Some might mistake keratosis
  pilaris for acne, but it's a genetic condition that occurs when
  the skin doesn't exfoliate normally and the keratin blocks the
  pores, causing these tiny bumps," Dr. Debra Jaliman, dermatologist and assistant professor of
  dermatology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, told
  INSIDER.

  The bumps caused by keratosis
  pilaris are often light-colored and tend to crop up on the arms.
  Dr. Jaliman advised that the condition 
  can be treated using lotions that contain keratolytic agents such
  as salicylic acid.
  Keratolytic agents cause the outer layer of the skin to loosen
  and shed, helping to exfoliate areas affected by keratosis
  pilaris.

Keratosis pilaris can cause small bumps on the skin.

Keratosis pilaris is a very common skin condition that causes small, hard bumps to appear on your skin like a rash. These bumps may make your skin feel like sandpaper.

“Some might mistake keratosis pilaris for acne, but it’s a genetic condition that occurs when the skin doesn’t exfoliate normally and the keratin blocks the pores, causing these tiny bumps,” Dr. Debra Jaliman, dermatologist and assistant professor of dermatology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, told INSIDER.

The bumps caused by keratosis pilaris are often light-colored and tend to crop up on the arms. Dr. Jaliman advised that the condition can be treated using lotions that contain keratolytic agents such as salicylic acid. Keratolytic agents cause the outer layer of the skin to loosen and shed, helping to exfoliate areas affected by keratosis pilaris.

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  Some skin products can clog pores
  and cause acne, but even many non-comedogenic products may cause
  rashes and allergic reactions that can look like acne.

  "An allergic reaction could cause
  red bumps that may look similar to pimples. An allergic reaction
  tends to itch, while acne doesn't cause itching," explained Dr.
  Jaliman.

  Dr. Jaliman advised that people
  with sensitive skin should avoid products with
  fragrance, as it's a
  common source of skin sensitivity and skin allergy.
  
  Preservatives used in
  makeup can also cause
  allergic reactions, and some people may experience skin problems
  as a reaction to certain foods or allergens like pollen.

Your pimples might be an allergic reaction.

Some skin products can clog pores and cause acne, but even many non-comedogenic products may cause rashes and allergic reactions that can look like acne.

“An allergic reaction could cause red bumps that may look similar to pimples. An allergic reaction tends to itch, while acne doesn’t cause itching,” explained Dr. Jaliman.

Dr. Jaliman advised that people with sensitive skin should avoid products with fragrance, as it’s a common source of skin sensitivity and skin allergy. Preservatives used in makeup can also cause allergic reactions, and some people may experience skin problems as a reaction to certain foods or allergens like pollen.

Slide 10 of 12: 
  Chickenpox is a common infection that is caused by the
  varicella-zoster virus. Symptoms start to develop around 10 to 20
  days after exposure to the virus and typically include skin bumps
  that look very similar to body acne.

  "Chickenpox is quite commonly
  mistaken for acne. That is because it causes an itchy rash along
  with small blisters that are filled with fluid," Dr.
  Hardik Soni, emergency
  medicine physician and medical director of Ethos Spa, Skin, and
  Laser Center, told INSIDER.

  If you're prone to pimples on
  your body, you may mistake chickenpox for just another breakout.
  However, the virus will usually eventually cause fever, aches,
  and pains. Though the symptoms of chickenpox are usually worse in
  adults, the condition does normally resolve by itself
  in about a week without any special
  treatment. It may be
  worth visiting your doctor anyway to confirm a diagnosis and get
  advice for alleviating your symptoms.

Chickenpox can cause a rash that looks surprisingly like acne.

Chickenpox is a common infection that is caused by the varicella-zoster virus. Symptoms start to develop around 10 to 20 days after exposure to the virus and typically include skin bumps that look very similar to body acne.

“Chickenpox is quite commonly mistaken for acne. That is because it causes an itchy rash along with small blisters that are filled with fluid,” Dr. Hardik Soni, emergency medicine physician and medical director of Ethos Spa, Skin, and Laser Center, told INSIDER.

If you’re prone to pimples on your body, you may mistake chickenpox for just another breakout. However, the virus will usually eventually cause fever, aches, and pains. Though the symptoms of chickenpox are usually worse in adults, the condition does normally resolve by itself in about a week without any special treatment. It may be worth visiting your doctor anyway to confirm a diagnosis and get advice for alleviating your symptoms.

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  Staph infections are caused by
  staphylococcus bacteria. These bugs 
  are usually harmless and normally found on the skin of healthy
  people, but can cause
  infection if they find their way into open cuts or
  scratches.

  Dr. Soni told INSIDER that staph
  infections often cause pimple-like boils, bumps, and redness that
  can be easily mistaken for acne. Unlike normal pimples, staph
  infections can process to pus-filled blisters or large patches of
  irritated skin.

  Though 
  most staph infections are minor
  and will clear up on their own, some can lead to life-threatening
  conditions such as septicemia or an infection of the inner lining
  of the heart. If you suspect you have a staph infection or have a
  skin lesion that isn't getting better, head to your doctor for a
  diagnosis.

Staph infections can mimic acne.

Staph infections are caused by staphylococcus bacteria. These bugs are usually harmless and normally found on the skin of healthy people, but can cause infection if they find their way into open cuts or scratches.

Dr. Soni told INSIDER that staph infections often cause pimple-like boils, bumps, and redness that can be easily mistaken for acne. Unlike normal pimples, staph infections can process to pus-filled blisters or large patches of irritated skin.

Though most staph infections are minor and will clear up on their own, some can lead to life-threatening conditions such as septicemia or an infection of the inner lining of the heart. If you suspect you have a staph infection or have a skin lesion that isn’t getting better, head to your doctor for a diagnosis.

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  One of the most alarming types of
  acne-mimickers is a type of skin cancer called basal cell
  carcinoma.

  "Basal cell carcinoma is the most
  common skin cancer and is often mistaken for a pimple. Pimples
  usually resolve over days to weeks. If instead, it lasts several
  months, you should see a board-certified dermatologist as it
  might need to be biopsied to rule out skin cancer," Dr. Downes
  advised INSIDER.

  The good news is that basal cell
  carcinoma is considered a low-risk skin cancer. According to the
  Skin Cancer Foundation, it is only life-threatening
  
  in exceedingly rare
  cases.  

  "The risk of it spreading in the
  body 
  is close to
  zero. It is just
  locally destructive to adjacent tissues," explained Dr.
  Downes.

  The typical treatment involves
  surgically removing the affected area. Even though basal cell
  carcinoma isn't usually an aggressive type of cancer,
  
  it can result in scarring if left
  untreated for too long. Get any suspicious marks or bumps checked
  sooner rather than later to catch skin cancer early.

A type of skin cancer can look like pimples.

One of the most alarming types of acne-mimickers is a type of skin cancer called basal cell carcinoma.

“Basal cell carcinoma is the most common skin cancer and is often mistaken for a pimple. Pimples usually resolve over days to weeks. If instead, it lasts several months, you should see a board-certified dermatologist as it might need to be biopsied to rule out skin cancer,” Dr. Downes advised INSIDER.

The good news is that basal cell carcinoma is considered a low-risk skin cancer. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, it is only life-threatening in exceedingly rare cases.

“The risk of it spreading in the body is close to zero. It is just locally destructive to adjacent tissues,” explained Dr. Downes.

The typical treatment involves surgically removing the affected area. Even though basal cell carcinoma isn’t usually an aggressive type of cancer, it can result in scarring if left untreated for too long. Get any suspicious marks or bumps checked sooner rather than later to catch skin cancer early.

Thank you for reading 🙂

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