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The Difference Between Pimples And Blackheads

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Pimples on a woman’s skin

Whether you’re a skin care enthusiast or not, you’ve heard about pimples or had one before. Pimples are some of the most annoying things to attack a person’s skin. First, they hurt from the inside out, second they appear ugly on the skin and make you feel uncomfortable.

Though very much related, there is a difference between pimples and blackheads. Let’s see look at the difference between pimples and blackheads in detail below.

What are pimples?

Pimples are red tender bumps with white pus at their tips. They usually appear on parts of the body where there are a number of functional oil glands. These parts include: face, chest, neck, shoulders and back.

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Illustration of a pimple

Pimples are caused by various things. Some pimples are hormonal whereas others could be a sign of bacteria in the body. The good news is. pimples are easy to treat, but you’ll have to be extra careful while choosing medication for them. You don’t want to cause more pimples by using a product that your skin might be allergic to.

What are blackheads?

A blackhead is an open skin pore or hair follicle clogged with oil, dead skin cells and bacteria. Blackheads are siblings with whiteheads. A whitehead is a closed skin pore or hair follicle clogged with oil, dead skin cells and bacteria.

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Man with blackheads on the nose

Blackheads and whiteheads also appear as bumps on the skin, but much smaller in size than pimples. They are a mild type of acne that usually appear on the face. They can also grow on other parts of the body such as: arms, neck, chest, back and shoulders.

How Blackheads Are Formed

Blackheads will appear on the skin when your skin pores(which usually contain hairs) get clogged with oil. This oil is known as Sebum and is produced by the Sebaceous glands found inside hair follicles.

When dead skin cells mix with the this oil inside the opening of a hair follicle, they form a bump. When the skin over the bump opens up, it becomes exposed to air, which makes it darken, forming a blackhead. If the skin over the bump remains closed, a whitehead is formed.

However, blackheads should not make you panic because they can be treated with easily and heal within days or a week. There are also various ways to get rid of blackheads on your own at home, so it shouldn’t be something you need to see a doctor for.

Main Differences Between Pimples And Blackheads

⁃ Pimples have pus, blackheads don’t

⁃ Pimples usually appear red whereas blackheads appear black or dark

⁃ Pimples can get painful but blackheads never get painful

As I conclude, I’m confident that this articles has shown you the difference(s) between pimples and blackheads and that you won’t confuse the two again.

One thing to keep in mind though is that both pimples and blackheads are forms of acne.

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Joy Akatukunda

Joy Akatukunda

Hi, I’m Joy Akatukunda. I’m a lover. My main goal in life is to inspire and empower women become better versions of themselves. I use my talents and skills to share love, knowledge, advice and ideas that transform lives. I’m a writer, singer, and occasional dancer. My talents are a gateway for my own experiences and personality to be seen and heard by the world, hoping that a certain woman will be encouraged and fired up to start her own business, hit the studio, work on her body, leave a toxic relationship or do that one thing she’s forever been afraid to do. I have struggled with these and more, hence I understand the need to inspire someone to make that bold move.

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