Skin Conditions That Are Sometimes Mistaken for Acne
All acne is hormonal acne, triggered by an overproduction of oil in the pores of the skin, which is regulated by a hormone called DHT. Sometimes, however, other skin conditions mimic acne, leading teens and adults to think that there is no acne solution that will really work for them. Some of these conditions include:
- Rosacea – Along with pimples, rosacea produces flushing and occurs primarily in the middle third of the face. This condition resembles acne and sometimes responds to treatments designed for acne. It occurs in adults in their thirties and older.
- Pseudofolliculitis – Commonly referred to as “razor rash,” this condition results when hair is shaved close to the skin, causing the growing hair to twist and form sensitive bumps. It is important to note that while Pseudofolliculitis is not acne, it can occur in those who have acne and lead to further irritation of the skin.
- Folliculitis – When pimples occur on the buttocks, abdomen or legs, it can be a result of inflamed follicles. Antibiotics may be required for treatment but a different type is required than those used as an acne solution.
- Gram-Negative Folliculitis – When long-term antibiotic treatment is used to treat hormonal acne, resistance can occur. As a result, they may develop pustules that have a different type of bacteria and which require different types of antibiotic to treat.