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What are the differences between a pimple and a cyst in your skin?

What are the differences between a pimple and a cyst in your skin?

Depth: A pimple is typically on the surface with a white head . A cyst is typically beneath the surface in the fatty tissue and usually larger. They are treated differently. ...Read more

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Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


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What is the difference between a pimple and a sebaceous cyst?

What is the difference between a pimple and a sebaceous cyst?

Pimple and sebaceous: A pimple is an infected oil gland in the shin. A sebaceous cyst is an accumulation of oil gland material in a membrane that forms the cyst. It usually contains a cheesy material. A sebaceous cyst can get infected in which case it behaves like a giant pimple. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a cyst and a pimple?

What is the difference between a cyst and a pimple?

Infection vs not: A pimple is a tiny infection in a pore. The white stuff inside is pus. It's basically a very small abscess. There are many different kinds of cyst, but basically it's a walled off sac of fluid, but not an infection. Cysts can sometimes go away on their own, sometimes need surgery. Acne is generally treated topically (soaps and creams) and sometimes with oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between a cyst on my face and a large pimple?

Are the same.: All pimples are "cysts"of retained skin oils.Some may become large.Your dermatologist can help with the smallest scar. ...Read more

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How do you tell the difference between a boil, whitehead pimple, and cyst?

How do you tell the difference between a boil,  whitehead pimple, and cyst?

Physical exam: Some are bigger, some are smaller and some are more or less inflammatory. Let your treating doctor decide. ...Read more

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I have a very large cyst or pimple i'm not sure what it, it'sunder the skin but i popped it using a needle, is there anything i can do now ?

I have a very large cyst or pimple i'm not sure what it, it'sunder the skin but i popped it using a needle, is there anything i can do now
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Infection: You need to watch for signs of any reddness or pain. Popping anything yourself with a needle can be dangerous. Suggest you see a doctor if you notice anything occuring at the site ...Read more

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I have a small pimple/bump (painless) under my chin, it is under the skin and won't go away. Is it a cyst?

Maybe, likely not: Many small bumps, especially in hair covered areas, can be caused by pimples or ingrown hairs that never reach the surface of the skin. Most of these will go away on their own in a few months. ...Read more

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I have a small pimple 2 months ago, I pinched it then it turned harder like a cyst, it doesn't hurt or pain like dead skin, how to get rid of it?

I have a small pimple 2 months ago, I pinched it then it turned harder like a cyst, it doesn't hurt or pain like dead skin, how to get rid of it?

See a dermatologist: Sometimes these pimples are actually small cancers- like basal cell or squamous cell cancers, rarely melanoma depending on the type of skin and exposure to sun you have had in your life. The best way to diagnose a non healing pimple or ulcer is to biopsy with the dermatologist and have an expert pathologist look at it. ...Read more

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I have a lump (not sure if its a pimple) under my skin on my cheek i don't know what do to, is it a cyst?

I have a lump (not sure if its a pimple) under my skin on my cheek i don't know what do to, is it a cyst?

Sebaceous Cyst: The most likely thing is a sebaceous cyst which is benign. It should be evaluated and removed while it is still small. In this location, i would recommend seeing a plastic surgeon to minimize the appearance of the scar. ...Read more

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I get under the skin pimple/cysts just under my jaw line.I get about 5 and they last months before disappearing and new ones showing up.

Pimples or cysts: This may be a recurrent acne issue or a viral phenomenon. You should see a dermatologist and they can sort this out for you. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more