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What is the difference between a cyst and a pimple?

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Dr. Jennifer Tighe De Soto
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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