If you’ve ever looked at skin disease photos (YAR), it quickly becomes obvious that the bajillion things that can go kablooey on the skin not only tend to look incredibly similar to one another, they also look incredibly different on different people!
While there are very straightforwardly characteristic things like herpes, which form blisters first that then break and weep, so many other things just all blend together into what my mother would call Galloping African Crud. You gotcher redness, characteristic of 98% of skin issues. Then you got spots, raised spots, dry patches, weeping wet skin, flakiness.
Along with a few other broad categories of symptoms, dermatological issues are kinda like the Taco Bell of disease states: a few ingredients assembled in slightly differing ways.
So how complex and difficult/easy is it to learn to tell them apart, especially when they can’t be tested for?
Also, while we’re on the subject… what is it with “refillable” blackheads? I’ve had a blackhead/pore thing on my face for more than 30 years in precisely the same spot and no matter how many times I clean and squeeze, it refills within weeks or months.
(Anyone else start messing with their blackheads when they were super-young and had NO idea what they were and freaked out thinking you had worms in your face? I guess that was just me…)