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How To Differentiate Acne And Normal Skin Texture

The American Academy of Dermatology reports that up to 50 million people in the United States suffer from acne each year.

Yet, how can you determine whether those bumps on your face are breakouts or regular?

People tend to think that the two are interchangeable.

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Naana Boakye, M.D., a certified dermatologist, says, “Skin texture is defined by how smooth the skin surface looks and feels. Increased skin-surface roughness, fine superficial lines, dull/dry skin, skin redness, uneven pigment distribution, and loss of elasticity can contribute to an uneven skin texture.”

Dr. Boakye clarifies the differences between skin texture and acne and ways to treat both.

The Causes Of Uneven Skin Texture?

Several factors can influence skin texture.

Dr. Boakye said, “The skin texture changes due to intrinsic (genetic and aging) and extrinsic factors.”

Skin texture changes can result from inflammation, which triggers collagen breakdown and hyperpigmentation.

How Does Skin Texture Differ From Acne?

The root causes of acne differ from skin texture. Skin texture results from the factors mentioned earlier, while acne is etiologically different.

Dr. Boakye says, “A chronic inflammatory condition, acne affects the pilosebaceous unit, the hair shaft, the hair follicle, the sebaceous gland, and the erector pili muscle.”

Although all acne cases are different, bacteria play a significant role in acne development and cause many presenting symptoms.

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Taking Care Of Skin Texture Vs. Acne

Skin texture treatment differs significantly from acne treatment. You will likely already have the products you need to improve skin texture.

Dr. Boakye says, “Every skin-care routine should contain cosmeceuticals that contain antioxidants that help protect against exposomal factors such as air pollution and UV radiation.”

First, identify the type of acne you have. Then, you can focus on the ingredients for treating that condition. Do not be discouraged if you have acne or rough skin texture.