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Acne: Is It Acne Or Keratosis Pilaris?

Is It Acne Or Keratosis Pilaris?

Some skin conditions look like acne. Keratosis pilaris is one of them. Let us find out more.

What Is Keratosis Pilaris?

In keratosis pilaris, skin-colored or reddish small bumps form around the hair follicles. These bumps look like whiteheads. Keratosis pilaris mostly affects the upper back, arms, cheeks, and thighs. Unlike acne, keratosis pilaris has no relation to sebaceous glands or hormones. Keratosis pilaris is an inherited condition.

How To Differentiate Between Acne And Keratosis Pilaris?

Keratosis pilaris always forms bumps around the hair follicles. These bumps don't get infected over time, which may happen in acne. Perioral dermatitis and rosacea also look like acne. Please note that every acne-like bump or pimple is not acne.

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Article created on: August 07, 2006

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