Types Of Acne
There are many different types of acne, and each has a different effect and appearance. In order to know how to deal with the acne breaking out on your skin, it is vital that you know which of the types of acne you are suffering from. Below is a list of some of the most common types of acne that you will find, as well as a few less common types:
Acne vulgaris is known as common acne. You will usually find that white or blackheads, pustules, cysts, and nodules are a common indicator that you have acne vulgaris.
- Whiteheads are the result of the pores of your skin being blocked by dead blood cells. The sebum builds up and mixes with the dead skin cells, which is the white, gooey liquid that comes out when the pimple is popped.
- Blackheads are caused when only a portion of the pore is blocked, allowing part of the pimple to be exposed to oxygen. The sebum mixture turns black when it is exposed to oxygen. Blackheads usually take more time to clear than whiteheads.
- Papules are large red bumps that don’t have a head. These are usually the pimples that cause the worse scarring.
- Pustules are the large white pimples that appear large and prominent on your nose, forehead, or cheeks. Be careful when squeezing or popping these pustules, as improper elimination of the sebum buildup will cause scarring.
In a few cases, acne vulgaris can become a bit more severe. In these cases, you will find that cysts and nodules will break out on the skin.
- Nodules are large under the skin, and they tend to be far more painful than any other type of acne. The skin oil is trapped inside the skin, and can only spread down into your skin rather than coming out thanks to the thick layer of skin covering them. Do not squeeze these nodules, but seek medical help.
- Acne cysts look like nodules, but they are filled with pus instead of sebum. They are also very painful, and you can cause a serious infection if you try to pop or squeeze them on your own. Either leave it alone or visit a dermatologist.
Acne Rosacea is similar to the more common acne vulgaris, and it is often confused as being the same thing thanks to the fact that both types of acne look nearly identical. The difference between the two types of acne is mainly that acne rosacea looks more like a rash, and will usually remain only on the nose, cheeks, chin, and forehead. It is important to get treatment for acne rosacea, as it can become serious if left untreated.
There are a few more serious types of acne, and you will find that these types of acne will need immediate treatment by a medical professional:
- Acne conglobata appears as large lesions and large clusters of blackheads. This type of acne can break out anywhere on the body, and it will usually affect those between 18 and 30 years old.
- Acne fulmanis usually attacks only younger men, and appears in the form of nodules and cysts.
- Gram negative folliculitis is a bacterial infection, and usually appears to be cysts and pustules.