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What's the Difference Between Cold Sores & Pimples? October 26, 2018

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What's the Difference Between Cold Sores & Pimples?, Hamilton, Ohio

Maintaining a perfect complexion can be challenging. When a spot appears, it’s normal to want to call your dermatologist to identify it and inquire what skin care treatment will eliminate it. If you’re concerned about a bump on your face, here’s a helpful guide to determine whether it’s a pimple or a cold sore. 

3 Ways to Tell the Difference Between Pimples & Cold Sores

1. Location

dermatologistPimples occur when pores become clogged with oil, bacteria, or dead skin cells. Pimples are red or pink with a white tip or emerge as a blackhead, and typically occur on the face, neck, chest, or back. Patients with recurring acne often seek the assistance of a dermatologist for treatment.

Alternatively, cold sores are inflamed blisters that occur when you have a viral infection. As such, they appear mainly on the lips and around the mouth. 

2. Symptoms 

Generally speaking, pimples are tender or painful to the touch and contain pus. Cold sores can be itchy or give you a tingling sensation and have clear fluid inside. 

3. Effective Treatment Options

Skin care treatments vary significantly when it comes to pimples and cold sores. Pimples will clear up on their own over time; dermatologists can prescribe creams and face washes that contain antibiotics or benzoyl peroxide to help acne heal faster. Cold sores will also fade on their own but benefit from a prescription topical antiviral medication. 


Louis Luke Barich, MD has provided top-notch skin care treatment for residents throughout Butler and Hamilton counties of OH, for over 20 years. If you’re looking for an experienced, compassionate dermatologist to help you achieve healthier skin, call his office today at (513) 863-3555 to schedule your first appointment. To learn more about the services this state-of-the-art clinic provides, from acne treatment to mole removal, visit their website. 

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