What’s a Zit Really?

January 8, 2013

Healthy Life

What’s that growing on your skin? It could just be a blackhead or it could be a boil. When something seems to come out of nowhere and attaches itself to your skin, take action quickly. It pays to know how to identify these various skin conditions so you can apply the appropriate treatment to get rid of them for good.

What’s a Zit Really?

Zit

Zit

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The term “zit” refers to acne. Commonly known as pimples, it refers to a pore that’s blocked. Often caused by a buildup of bacteria, dead skin cells and oil in the pore, zits are quite common, especially in teens. Hormonal imbalances tend to cause zits to occur. Poor skin hygiene can also be a factor.

To treat a zit, leave it alone but improve your cleansing methods. Don’t pop the zit, or push on it to extract the puss. Doing so will lead to the spread of bacteria and the potential for scarring. Topical treatments may also be helpful.

Is That a Cyst?

Is That a Cyst?

Is That a Cyst?

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Cysts are a more complex form of a zit. They, too, stem from a buildup of bacteria that causes an infection. However, unlike a zit, this happens in the sub-dermal layer of the skin. Cysts can occur in deeper tissue, as well as the lungs, eyes and various other organs. They are similar to zits only to the extent of being a blockage. Cysts contain puss, blood, air and other fluids and form a bump under the skin.

Don’t try to break open a cyst on your own. Rather, allow your doctor to do so. In some cases, cysts go away on their own. In other cases, you may need a doctor to extract the material from within using a syringe.

That’s Got to Be a Boil

That's Got to Be a Boil

That’s Got to Be a Boil

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A boil is perhaps the most painful of these conditions. Boils occur in the follicle of the pore, which is the area hair grows from. They can occur anywhere. Most commonly, they are on the neck, face, breasts, legs or the buttocks. These deep pockets of bacteria often occur on areas where the skin rubs against other materials. The bacteria comes from these areas.

Don’t open boils on your own. They require medical, and sometimes surgical, removal. Significant pus and blood will build in these pockets making them very risky to open up.

That’s Not Dirt – It’s a Blackhead

That's Not Dirt - It's a Blackhead

That’s Not Dirt – It’s a Blackhead

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Blackheads are similar to zits. Called a comedone, or a collection of skin cells and sebum stuck in the hair follicle, they turn black due to oxidization. The follicle remains open, allowing oxygen to get in. This causes the oxidation. They occur anywhere on the body, but most commonly on the face.

To get rid of blackheads, don’t squeeze them. You’ll need to get the pores to open up to allow the buildup to dislodge. The use of exfoliations can help, as can various skin cleansers.

From simple to more complex, skin conditions like these need serious attention. Don’t overlook the importance of checking in with a dermatologist if you are unsure what type of skin condition you have.

 

 

What’s a Zit Really?

 


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