#EngVocab: Skin Problems

Good evening, fellas! How are you today?

I think it’s good when it started raining in the western part of Indonesia. We in middle or east aren’t so lucky yet. It’s scorching here. What makes it worse is when the heat became too much to handle, I will get sweat rash. Are you familiar with ‘sweat rash’?

Sweat rash or prickly heat or miliaria is a skin disease marked by small and itchy rashes, commonly happening in hot and humid condition. In Indonesia, sweat rash goes by the name ‘biang keringat’.

Other than sweat rash, there are several skin problems that we usually have. And that is going to be our topic in #EngVocab today.

The second one after sweat rash is a skin problem that is extremely popular, especially for teenagers. Yep, it’s acne. Adults with overly sensitive skin often have it, too. Acne is a long-term skin disease that occurs when hair follicles become clogged with dead skin cells and oil from the skin. #EngVocab

Acne is usually smaller in size and emerges with some others, creating reddened area of your skin. Here’s a picture of a person with acne. Picture credit to gazettereview(dot)com. #EngVocab


Now, you are aware also of ‘pimple’. Simply put, pimple is also a form of acne, as well as blackhead or whitehead. Pimple emerges in a certain point of your skin, is bigger, involves inflammation, and is slightly painful. Pimple is often filled with pus, which will tempt us to pop it. Picture credit to medicalpoint(dot)org. #EngVocab


What about blackheads and whiteheads? They also go with the name comedo (plural: comedones). Comedo is an early stage of acne in which a pore or hair follicle in our skin is clogged by dead skin or oil, without any infection or inflammation yet. #EngVocab

And then there is blister, a small bubble on the skin filled with serum and caused by friction, burning, or other damage. Blister appears as a small pocket of fluid within the upper layer of the skin. Picture credit to Wikipedia. #EngVocab


Boils are bumpy, red, pus-filled lumps around a hair follicle that are tender, warm, and very painful. It sometimes looks and feels like bigger, softer version of pimple. Although treatable, severe infection that causes boils may also cause fever, swollen lymph nodes, and fatigue. #EngVocab

And then there is measles, or murbilli, or rubeola, a highly contagious skin disease which is caused by measles virus. This disease is signified by a fever, which is followed by the appearance of red, flat rash across somebody’s skin. We get this disease at least once, usually when we are younger. In Indonesia, it’s known as ‘campak’. #EngVocab

Sometimes, Indonesian confuse ‘campak’ with ‘cacar’. The later in English is known as pox. What distinguishes the two diseases is instead of red rash, a person with pox may have itchy blisters. Again, the blisters will attempt the patient to scratch or pop them, which usually leads to scar. #EngVocab

That’s what I can share today, fellas! Now it’s time for me to clean my face so I don’t have breakout tomorrow morning.

Breakout = an out-of-nowhere appearance of pimples even if the skin appears clean and normal the night before.

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Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 23 November, 2015

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