The Different Types of Acne

If you notice red sores appearing on your face or back, there’s a high chance that those sores could develop into zits. Most people get zits or pimples from time to time, but if you experience breakouts on a regular basis you could have acne. Before you can treat acne you need to determine which types of acne you have.

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There are several different kinds of acne. You can diagnose your acne by looking at where it forms and how the symptoms manifest themselves. The least serious form of acne is known as comedones. These usually appear as blackheads and whiteheads around your nose. Blackheads are formed when your pores become clogged with oil, dead skin, bacteria and hairs. The pore’s opening becomes engorged and a small black spot appears. Whiteheads are similar to blackheads, but they are smaller, and instead of a black blemish, the head of the spot is white.


More severe acne manifests itself in the form of nodules and cysts. This kind of acne is known as nodulcystic acne. Nodules are inflamed hair follicles that penetrate deep into your skin. Cysts are like pimples, but they penetrate deeper into the skin and tend to become inflamed quite easily. The risk of infection and scarring with cysts is quite high. Cysts usually require treatment by a dermatologist and if you get them quite regularly your doctor may prescribe medication for them.

Minor acne outbreaks can be treated using over-the-counter creams and ointments. Eating a healthy diet can also help to reduce your acne symptoms. However, if you experience serious acne symptoms then you should consult your doctor immediately. Do not put off getting treatment for your acne because delaying treatment may increase your risk of permanent scarring or infection.

Acne can be an embarrassing condition, but it is possible to get it under control. Most people find that their acne symptoms become less severe as they get older. It is perfectly normal to experience acne during puberty and your early 20s, and your doctor can give you creams or lotions to reduce your symptoms.


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