When pimples appear on the skin, your first thought is probably acne. However, many different skin conditions can cause these unwanted bumps to develop. If you are unsure as to what is happening with your skin, contact our experts on advanced dermatology in Colorado to help you determine the cause.
Skin Conditions That Can Cause Pimples
Rosacea: this chronic inflammatory skin disorder can cause small, acne-like pimples on the cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead. Different from regular acne, this condition gives the skin a flushed appearance.
Keratosis Pilaris: Though you may not know it by its name, you have most likely seen this condition. It is extremely common and causes small, rough bumps on the surface of the skin. It mostly occurs on the back of your upper arms, thighs, and buttocks.
Folliculitis: Though these red bumps may look like a breakout, they are caused by inflammation and irritation of hair follicles. Folliculitis can occur anywhere on the body.
Ingrown Hairs: Ingrown hairs can cause whiteheads to develop on the skin. If your breakout is occurring around a typically hairy area, such as a beard or eyebrows, it may be an ingrown hair.
Boils: What looks like a massive pimple may be a boil. Boils look like supersized whiteheads and occur when your hair follicles are infected.