Acne presents itself in different forms, knowing them is fundamental in order to treat them. Read more about the different kind of acne:
- Comedones: Hair follicles that become clogged with oil and dead skin cells develop into bumps called whiteheads and blackheads.
- Whiteheads: Clogged pores that remain below the skin and are not inflamed. They appear as either a small, flesh-colored bump on the skin or a raised bump with a white head.
- Blackheads: Blackheads are comedones that are open to the surface of the skin. They appear black or dark brown in color.
- Papules: Appearing as small, red or pink bumps on the skin, papules are whiteheads or blackheads that have become inflamed. Sometimes they hurt and are sensitive to the touch. Picking or squeezing papules can make the inflammation worse and may lead to scarring.
- Pustules: Another version of an inflamed pimple, a pustule looks like a whitehead but it also has a ring around the bump. The pustule is typically filled with white or yellow pus. Again, avoid “popping” pustules as this can make the acne worse and lead to scarring.
- Nodules: Nodules are large, inflamed bumps that are firm to the touch and not usually filled with pus. They develop deep within the skin and can take a much longer time to heal. Do not pop or squeeze them, as this can perpetuate inflammation.
- Cysts: Cysts are large, pus-filled lesions. They are larger than other types of acne, developing deep in the skin and are sensitive to touch.
- Acne Conglobata: Many inflamed nodules are connected under the skin to other nodules. It can affect not only the face but also the body – chest, arms, neck, back, etc., often causing scarring.
- Acne Rosacea: Acne rosacea is basic acne accompanied by a red rash that usually covers the nose, cheeks, forehead and chin. It should have a very specific treatment plan.
- Acne Fulminans: This type of acne comes on very suddenly and is usually accompanied by a fever and aching.
With almost a dozen different types of acne – each appearing and reacting in its own unique way – specialized treatment is often the key.