Facts About The Different Types Of Acne
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Facts About The Different Types Of Acne

Acne is one of the common problems during puberty. Hormonal changes, stress and poor personal hygiene are some of the usual causes of break outs. There are different types of acne depending on its severity. Let us get to know them one by one.

Acne is one of the common problems during puberty. Hormonal changes, stress and poor personal hygiene are some of the usual causes of break outs. There are different types of acne depending on its severity. Let us get to know them one by one.

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1. Acne Vulgaris

This is also known as “common acne”. It commonly appears on the face, chest, shoulders and back. Severe acne vulgaris should be treated by a dermatologist; mild ones may improve with over-the-counter treatments.

2. Comedones

Are basic acne lesions. This can develop into bumps called blackheads and white heads. Here, a hair follicle becomes clogged with oil and dead skin cells. Some products may trigger this like makeup. It’s advisable to choose those labeled as “non-comedogenic”.

a. Black Heads

These are comedones that are filled with excess oil and dead skin cells. You can see them open at the surface of the skin, and the reason why its color is black is because of the oil’s reaction to air.

b. White Heads

This happens when oil and dead skin cells prevent clogged hair follicles from opening; the comedones will stay close at the surface.

c. Papules

These are inflamed comedones that usually form pink or red bumps. It may indicate moderate to severe acne. Picking it can make it worse and may also lead to scarring.

3. Pustules

These are inflamed pimples that resemble white heads, but has a red ring around it. The bump is filled with yellow pus. Picking it may lead to scarring and dark spots may also appear on the skin.

4. Nodules

These are large, painful inflamed bumps that’s firm to the touch. They develop deep within the skin and should be treated by a dermatologist.

5. Cysts

These are the same in appearance as nodules only larger and more painful. They are pus-filled lesions similar to boils and should be treated by a dermatologist.

6. Mild Acne

We categorize acne as “mild” if it’s fewer than 20. If the black heads or white heads are fewer than that. They may be treated with over-the-counter topical medicines or you can also have it treated by a dermatologist.

7. Moderate Acne

This is when the number of inflamed bumps, white heads, black heads, and lesions are around 20 and up. This should be treated by a dermatologist and they usually recommend prescription medication for this type of acne.

8. Severe Nodulocystic Acne

This is having multiple inflamed nodules and cysts. They often leave scars so it must be treated immediately and by a dermatologist. To reduce the size and pain from the inflammation, some doctors injects it directly with corticosteroids.

9. Acne Conglobata

This is having many inflamed nodules that are connected under the skin to other nodules. It’s one of the most severe forms of acne and is more common in men. This may be caused by taking steroids. It usually appears on the neck, arms, chest and buttocks.

10. Acne Mechanica

Also called “sports-induced acne” because it’s common in athletes. This is caused by friction, heat and pressure on the skin from wearing sports gears.

 

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Comments (3)

this is funny I am doing this series on another site

@Carol - Really? I have 2 more to publish on this topic.

Good article.

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