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Skin conditions are always very disconcerting to people since they have a high amount of visibility and cosmetic disfigurement attached to them. This may be temporary, but can cause a great deal of heartache to people used to living in the public eye of the society.

There a few different conditions that are appear like pimples or acne but may be something different.

Ingrown Hair

This is a condition in which a fine cut hair circles back towards the skin and then becomes embedded in it. The sharp end of the hair will pierce through the top layer of the skin to cause a bump or a small swelling. This can be very similar to a pimple in appearance although it does not disappear as easily.

The ingrown hair can be blackish in color or take on a reddish hue to the overlying inflammation. It is not uncommon for the ingrown hair to get infected and have pus form around it. The most common cause of this infection is through scratching the area which allows the micro-organism to invade the minor lacerations.   

An ingrown hair can resolve on its own or it may require some medical intervention. The dermatologist may choose to free the hair follicle by making a small incision or prescribe you a topical ointment. These may contain steroids or not. A course of antibiotics may also be prescribed depending upon the kind of infection that is present.

Care should be taken to not pick at these ingrown hair growths by yourself, since that can result in the formation of scars.

Skin Tags

These are small bumps that can occur anywhere on the body and are extremely common, although not too many people seem to be aware of their existence. These are usually soft to the touch and of the same color as that of the underlying skin.

These skin tags can occur individually or in clusters. The most common places where they are found on the body include the inside of the thighs, the side of the face, back of the neck, close to the buttocks and the underarm area.

The reason for this growth is believed to have to do with friction between the different skin folds of the body, although no one is quite sure as to why they occur. These skin tags are attached to the skin by a small stalk.

The treatment for these skin tags involves getting them removed by a surgeon or with the application of over the counter medications. The choice for surgical removal will vary according to the expertise of the surgeon and the cost of the total procedure. An excision through the scalpel is most common and affordable, while getting laser surgery is probably most convenient and expensive. Cryotherapy was also a popular method for the removal of these skin tags, however problems with the depth control have rendered it much less popular now. The quality and efficacy of these medication varies greatly, so each person will have their own opinion as to how well they actually work.

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