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6 Skin Conditions You Might Mistake For Something Else, And How You Can Treat Them

As you age, dealing with newfound skin conditions and issues can often be a recurring problem. However, did you know that sometimes what you're confident you're suffering from could actually be entirely different?

Here are 6 skin conditions that you may want to consult a professional on, because otherwise they could be very easy to misinterpret as something else.



Often misdiagnosed as acne or a skin rash, roacea is a condition that causes pus-filled bumps to rise up in the central part of your face.

Unlike acne or blackheads, rosacea is purely red, and is actually triggered by extreme temperatures, diet changes, and stress. There is no cure for it, but there are ways to keep it controlled.



Convinced that the flakes falling from your scalp are just dandruff and you need to change up your shampoo? Hold that thought, because you might actually be suffering from psoriasis on your scalp, especially if you're prone to it in other places.

No matter where you get it, psoriasis manifests as dry, flaky skin that can often feel quite rough. Fortunately, there are treatments for it that can be prescribed by a dermatologist.



Another condition that sometimes gets written off as simply being acne, milia cysts are tiny white bumps that can appear on the nose and cheeks. They're caused by an excess amount of the protein keratin getting trapped under the skin, and are most common in newborns.

Milia will simply go away with time, but if they become uncomfortable, there are treatments available through a doctor.

These next few conditions are often misdiagnosed...



Worried you might have contracted the fungal infection ringworm? Don't worry, you might actually just be suffering from eczema, an inflammatory condition in which the skin develops microscopic cracks, causing a loss of hydration.

Oftentimes misdiagnosing this condition can lead to a person regularly using products that won't actually help fix the issue, so it's important to check with an expert before going ahead with any kind of treatment.



Malassezia folliculitis may look like pimples, but it's actually a fungal infection of hair follicles that's typically caused by living in humid conditions, particularly in young men. While there are treatments available for the uncomfortable bumps, the unfortunate thing is that recurrence is very likely.

Basal Cell Carcinoma


Probably the biggest reason to keep an eye on what you might thing is acne, this form of skin cancer disguises itself well and often goes undiagnosed.

"If the condition is not getting better, is noticeably getting worse, or just keeps coming back, see your dermatologist," says Dr. Heidi Waldorf. "Be sure to bring in a list of what products you have been using, and for how long the symptoms have occurred."

Most of the time, it's probably acne — but it never hurts to double check.

Have you ever had a skin condition misdiagnosed?