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After my post yesterday on Preventing Acne Breakouts, I got two emails this morning with almost similar questions : Are there any differences between ACNE and PIMPLES? If Yes, what are the differences?

To answer in very simple terms – Yes, there is a difference. Plus there are several other breakout terms beyond acne and pimples, each with a slightly unique treatment to get rid of it, fast! There are blackheads, whiteheads, Cysts and Pustules to name a few. For the purpose of simplicity, I will focus on Blackheads, Whiteheads and Pimples.

Most, if not all common breakout on your face is ACNE. When your skin erupts in any of these breakouts, the objective is to get rid of them. The key to doing this is to know exactly what you’re dealing with, because different breakouts require different treatments. Knowledge we say, is power. When you know what you are up against, your fight I daresay is half won!

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Blackheads form when excess sebum (oil created by the  sebaceous glands which exists to make your skin supple)  and dead skin cells are trapped in your pore.

When this  happens and your skin’s surface is exposed to  air, it    oxidizes, creating black dots, most commonly seen  on the  nose,  chin, or center of the forehead.

Blackheads are not  caused by dirt, therefore excessive  scrubbing and washing  will only dry out your skin –  produce even more oil and  make matters worse for you.

Rather, be sure to clean your  face with a good cleanser, ideally, one for oily skin, such as  a salicylic acid cleanser. Do not wash the affected area more than twice a day, otherwise you might irritate the skin and make symptoms worse.

Prescription-only medications such as Retin-A or our Breakouts Recommended Products, formulated with retinol can help improve cell function so the pore can function more normally.

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Whitehead is another form of acne that typically appears  on the  skin as small, round, white bumps. This type of acne  is caused  when oil secretions and dead skin cells clog the  pore area and  block the pore opening.

They can also occur  as a result of hormonal activity. Whiteheads  are known as  “closed comedo” acne because they block pores  (unlike  blackheads, which keep pores open).

As with blackheads  however, excessive washing and scrubbing will only  aggravate the problem. Rather, wash the affected area  mildly once or twice daily using a very mild soap.

Pat your skin dry and wait 5 – 10 minutes, then apply acne treatment products containing benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid or products with tea-tree oil. Do not over-apply in the hopes of fixing the problem in one day or you risk drying out your skin.

Most importantly, give your skin some breathing space and the medications time to work. Contrary to popular claims, there are no overnight miracles when it comes to having a smooth, healthy skin. The most lasting solutions usually take some time to work.


Usually confused as another name for acne, pimples are in fact another form of acne. When a pore becomes infected and inflamed (usually reddish and painful), it is called a pimple. Pimples usually develop when a whitehead or blackhead become infected.

Cleansing twice a day is the first line of defense against pimples. It is important to keep skin clean and thoroughly remove dirt, excess oil and make-up that can clog pores and cause skin problems. Equally Important – Try not to touch your face; this is very key because our hands can introduce oil and dirt to the face again after washing.

When choosing a cleanser, pick one that contain effective acne fighting ingredients which go beyond ordinary cleansing to eliminate acne causing bacteria. Look for acne cleansers that also contain ingredients to reduce redness…

When you have breakout issues, its advised that you pay close attention to everything you put on your skin. While makeup won’t cause you a breakout, when your skin is going through that rough patch – ensure your makeup choice is oil-free. Skip everything oily around this time (Makeup, Food, Skincare, Fingers on your face, etc.) as it may worsen your condition.





Teni Beauty

Resident Chief Editor, Signature Reporter.

Teniolami is an accomplished makeup artist and beauty therapist with almost 10years experience in the beauty industry. She is a full-time Beauty Business Coach, Brand & Product Developer, Educator and a soon to-be published Beauty Author

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