Acne vs Pimples: What's the difference?

Jan 12, 2022

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2 minutes

Written by Jostel Akua, RN

Reviewed by Dr. Alfred Kaitoo

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If you've ever had a breakout on your face, you might have wondered: is it acne or pimples? While these terms are often used interchangeably, they are not exactly the same thing. So we’re going to break down the differences between acne and pimples, and how to treat them effectively.


Acne is a chronic skin condition that affects the hair follicles and oil glands. It occurs when the pores get clogged with dead skin cells, bacteria, and excess oil. Acne can cause various types of lesions on the skin, such as blackheads, whiteheads, papules, pustules, nodules, and cysts. Acne can affect any part of the body, but it is most common on the face, chest, back, and shoulders.


Pimples are a type of acne lesion that are inflamed and pus-filled. They are also known as zits or spots, appearing as red bumps on the skin, often with a white or yellow center. Pimples can be painful and annoying, but they usually heal on their own in a few days.


The main difference between acne and pimples is that acne is a chronic condition that can last for years, while pimples are temporary and isolated. However, both acne and pimples can affect your self-esteem and confidence, and may lead to scarring or infection if not treated properly.


So how can you treat acne and pimples effectively? The first step is to consult a dermatologist who can diagnose your skin condition and prescribe the best treatment for you. Depending on the severity of your acne or pimples, you may need topical creams, oral medications, or even laser therapy.


You’re already thinking of the time and money needed to visit a dermatologist, aren’t you? Don't worry, we’re here to help! With Berry Health, you can conveniently connect to our licensed skincare doctors who can provide bespoke treatment plans for your skin condition.


Just go to ourberry.com, answer a few quick questions, and get a diagnosis. Our doctors will recommend relevant medicine that you can order and have delivered to your doorstep. Whether you have mild or severe acne or pimples, our doctors can help you achieve clear and healthy skin. Don't let acne or pimples ruin your day. Go to ourberry.com today and start your journey to better skin.

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