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Not every breakout is actually acne! The Doctors examine cases when treating your skin like it’s simply a blemish is the wrong choice and could make the problem worse.
Dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra joins the panel to help identify what might be ailing your skin when it’s not a pimple.
Dr. Batra say that often times staph can appear very similar to acne, but will be more widespread and painful to the touch. Staph is caused by a bacterial infection and needs to be treated with an antibiotic.
While it’s common for rosacea to appear as a red flushing of the skin, Dr. Batra says it’s also possible for it to manifest as red painful bumps on the skin, which can be easily mistaken for acne. Rosacea will often appear around the center of the face and is an inflammatory condition. Types of treatment for rosacea include anti-inflammatory medications and lasers.
This is a variant of rosacea and tends to occur mostly with women usually close the mouth and chin area of the face. Like rosacea, perioral dermatitis is also treated with anti-inflammatories and lasers.
Dr. Batra warns that using acne products for any of the above ailments can actually further break down the skin and can often times exacerbate the issue. The Doctors recommend seeing your health care provider or dermatologist if you believe your skin condition is not simply just acne.