How do I avoid skin diseases

These 5 skin diseases look like pimples

Uff, half your face full of pimples and blemished skin again and nothing helps? This could be because it isn't acne at all.

on February 22nd, 2019, 9 a.m.

Acne and blemished skin plague many people well into adulthood. Many attempts at treatment often fail - because the skin disease is not acne at all!

The 482nd Cleansing Mask doesn't help either: bumps and blemishes that feel like pimples and somehow look like them, but aren't, need a different kind of care and treatment.

We have the facts about the five most common acne doppelgangers and what to do about them.

The five most common skin diseases that are mistaken for pimples


Rosacea is an inflammatory skin disease that is often triggered by fluctuations in hormones or temperature, red wine, caffeine, or highly flavored food.

Sufferers have redness on their cheeks and nose, as if they had been in the sun for too long. The skin feels different, it becomes thicker. Small blood vessels are suddenly visible and pimple-like, inflamed bumps appear under the skin. In addition, your eyes could water.

What to do about rosacea

  • Try to figure out what triggers a flare-up and (as sad as that may sound now) avoid it as best you can in the future.
  • Avoid an excessive beauty routine - prefer a gentle, pH-neutral cleanser and wear sunscreen every day.
  • Do not use products with an exfoliating effect and toners or toners that contain alcohol.
  • Talk to your dermatologist about the redness and visible blood vessels - the complexion can be improved with various light therapies or (in worse cases) antibiotics.


The grains of barley, as they are called in German, are microcysts made of keratin. They are often genetic, but can also result from sun damage, insufficient skin renewal, or products that clog pores. They look like small, white pimples and cannot be squeezed out.

What can be done against milia

  • Exfoliate the skin regularly. This makes it less easy for the pores to clog.
  • Just wait - milia often disappear on their own.
  • If you are too impatient, you can remove the small granules yourself with a needle and a little caution. Here we have instructions for you: >> How to get rid of milia in four steps


The tiny, red pimples are an inflammation of the upper part of a hair follicle. They occur on all hairy parts of the body and are mostly caused by the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus triggered, but can also come from waxing, too much plucking or coarse make-up brushes. They can be quite painful, but in most cases they will heal on their own. In some cases, the inflammation can spread to the entire hair follicle, turning it into a boil or (if it spreads into the surrounding tissue) into an abscess that must be surgically removed.

What to do about folliculitis

Be more careful when removing hair! In many cases the materials were dirty or the shaving technique could be improved.

Sebum hyperplasia

Above all, women with oily or combination skin from the age of 40 suddenly discover small, stubborn nodules with a light border on the face: skin damage that leads to an overproduction of sebum. The damaged sebum glands can enlarge or become blocked. This creates the nodules with a white or yellowish surface. In the middle they are characteristically slightly curved inwards.

What to do about sebum hyperplasia

  • Chemical facial peelings with salicylic acid or trichloroethanoic acid can improve the complexion
  • Dermatologists offer several treatment methods, such as regimens with prescription vitamin A or azelaic acid. A last resort would be surgical removal of the nodules.

Perioral dermatitis

Perioral dermatitis is a scaly, red rash around the mouth with pink pustules that may burn or itch. The skin feels dry and tight. The rash can appear for no apparent reason, but most of the time it comes from excessive use of beauty products (especially those made from paraffin or petroleum jelly). Hormone fluctuations can also play a role, as can solar radiation and wind.

What to do about perioral dermatitis

  • Until the rash has healed, do not use skin care creams. In serious cases, see your family doctor and have an anti-inflammatory ointment prescribed for you.
  • Perioral dermatitis can always come back. Those who are at risk should only use care products sparingly or switch to a minimalist product with few additives. >>> Facts about perioral dermatitis