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Pimple vs. Acne — What's the Difference?

Pimple vs. Acne — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Pimple and Acne

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Pimple

A pimple is a kind of comedo that results from excess sebum and dead skin cells getting trapped in the pores of the skin. In its aggravated state, it may evolve into a pustule or papules.

Acne

Acne, also known as acne vulgaris, is a long-term skin condition that occurs when dead skin cells and oil from the skin clog hair follicles. Typical features of the condition include blackheads or whiteheads, pimples, oily skin, and possible scarring.

Pimple

A small swelling of the skin, usually caused by acne; a papule or pustule.

Acne

An inflammatory disease of the sebaceous glands and hair follicles of the skin that is marked by the eruption of pimples or pustules, especially on the face.

Pimple

(dermatology) An inflamed (raised and colored) spot on the surface of the skin that is usually painful and fills with pus.
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Acne

(pathology) A skin condition, usually of the face, that is common in adolescents. It is characterised by red pimples, and is caused by the inflammation of sebaceous glands through bacterial infection.

Pimple

(slang) An annoying person.

Acne

A pattern of blemishes in an area of skin resulting from the skin condition.

Pimple

(Cockney rhyming slang) Scotch whisky
Pimple and blotch

Acne

A pustular affection of the skin, due to changes in the sebaceous glands.

Pimple

To develop pimples

Acne

An inflammatory disease involving the sebaceous glands of the skin; characterized by papules or pustules or comedones

Pimple

Any small acuminated elevation of the cuticle, whether going on to suppuration or not.

Pimple

Fig.: A swelling or protuberance like a pimple.

Pimple

A small inflamed elevation of the skin; a pustule or papule; common symptom in acne

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