The terms acne and pimples are often used interchangeably but differ in many respects. Both are distressing skin conditions that have different causes and methods of treatment. Knowing the difference between the two will help you identify which skin condition you have so you can seek the appropriate method of treatment.
- The difference between acne and pimples
A pimple forms when a blockage develops in the pores. During puberty, your sebaceous glands begin to produce excess oil through your pores. This oil, together with dead skin cells and debris can clog pores which then become infected, and a pimple emerges as a result. Hormones play a dominant role in the development of pimples. Pimples usually occur by themselves and at random times.
Acne is a more complex chronic condition that comes about when multiple breakouts appear and can affect both teenagers and adults. The causes of acne include the influence of hormones, genetic factors, stress and the menstrual cycle in women. Acne can appear on the face, the neck, back and chest.
- How to treat pimples and acne
Pimples usually go away on their own but a few changes to your lifestyle – eliminate processed, greasy foods, reduce artificial sugar intake, eat a more notorious balanced diet, increase water intake, increase physical exercise and cleanse skin thoroughly can prevent them from occurring.
The treatment of acne requires more specialist attention as there is the risk of acne scarring. Acne treatments aim to decrease oil stimulation, reduce skin inflammation and stimulate skin cell turnover. The end goal is to limit outbreaks and heal the skin from scarring. The degree of the severity of acne and the type will influence the treatment method used. The different techniques used in the treatment of acne range from non-invasive to minimally invasive methods that include: tailor-made medical grade chemical peels, active ingredients in skincare treatment products, light therapy treatment, micro-needling treatment using radiofrequency energy and laser treatments.
Don’t let acne prevent you from living your best life. You need the professional attention of an experienced cosmetic clinician. Victorian Dermal Group uses cutting-edge technology and the latest advanced methods to treat acne and acne scarring effectively. Schedule a consultation today.