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Difference Between Acne and Eczema

Acne vs Eczema

The skin is the largest organ in the body. Did you know that? Some may already have heard of this and it’s not new to them, but for others who have no idea about this, it could be a new discovery. The skin is also the most readily assessed organ during check-ups. Doctors and physicians systematically and methodically examine the skin for signs of inflammation, reddening, bruising, or tenderness (painful sensations when touched) for clues to any problems, both outside and inside the body. Because of this, we have to care for our skin more.

The skin is a whole system of its own. It is called the integumentary system. It is made up of 3 layers, epidermal layer, dermal layer, and subcutaneous tissue. What we see in the outside, giving us our skin color and tone, is the epidermis. It is basically made up of skin cells that protect, block, and absorb some nutrients. The next layer is the dermis. It is rich in blood vessels and pain receptors. Damage to this layer can cause severe pain and bleeding. Lastly, the subcutaneous layer contains fat that helps insulate, store energy, and helps maintain the integrity of our skin.

Usually, skin problems or conditions are easily seen without any devices. Bruising or reddening can indicate infection in the epidermal or dermal layers, as well as the indication of damage in the underlying organs. However, sometimes, there are notable changes that readily occur in the skin that we seldom neglect, until they already bother us. Among these skin problems are acne and eczema which are common, although they are entirely different.

First of all, acne is considered as a common occurrence and a skin disease that a lot of people have. Acne may be characterized as non-inflamed or inflamed pigmentations or disturbances in the normal skin color. This occurs because there is a block in the hair endings or follicles. Dirt and grime accumulate and bacteria thrive. If no intervention is done, it can cause scarring, pigmentation, or even inflammation in the affected area.

On the other hand, eczema is a considered as an inflammation of the epidermal layer. It does not affect the hair follicle endings but rather is due to different causes. Eczema is considered as a symptom of an underlying disease condition, which causes reddening, drying, itching, or scarring of the affected area. It is not a skin disease but rather, the result of a disease condition.

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1. The skin is the largest organ in the body and contains 3 layers which are the epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous.

2. Acne is a skin disease due to the blocking and infection in the follicle endings, leading to pigmentations.

3. Eczema is a symptom of an underlying disease condition, with different appearances depending on what caused it.

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