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    acne / pimples

    Which word is more commonly used in daily conversation, "acne" or "pimples"?
    (for example, when teenagers talk about their skin conditions with their friends.)
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    Re: acne / pimples

    Quote Originally Posted by herbivorie View Post
    Which word is more commonly used in daily conversation, "acne" or "pimples"?
    (for example, when teenagers talk about their skin conditions with their friends.)
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    I have no idea. Both words are quite common. "Zit/s" is also a commonly used word in AmE.

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    Re: acne / pimples

    To me, acne is more serious than pimples.

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    Re: acne / pimples

    "Acne" is a recognised medical condition. It is far worse than just having spots/zits/pimples.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: acne / pimples

    I am spending more time around teenagers these days. Definitely "zits." ("Spots" is British and not used here.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: acne / pimples

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "Acne" is a recognised medical condition. It is far worse than just having spots/zits/pimples.
    "Acne" is indeed a recognised medical condition, but it can be mild - in which case, it's just a pile of pimples.
    "Acne occurs most commonly during adolescence, affecting an estimated 70-90% of teenagers"
    Acne vulgaris - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    It's true that most people with a few zits occasionally would not consider that they have acne, but the above statement of the incidence suggests that they do. Severe acne can cause cysts and persistent scars, which is not associated with less severe cases.

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