Different Types of Acne

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Types of Acne

A brief description of some of the more common types of acne and ways that can help you diagnose your acne type, and then treat it accordingly.

If you are suffering from acne, the first thing to know is that it is nothing unusual. The concern is why can’t you get rid of acne while most of the people around you seem to get rid of it within weeks.

The basic reason why some people can’t treat their acne quickly is that they don’t know their acne type. There are many different types of acne and unless you know which acne type you are suffering from, you can’t treat your acne.

Blackheads are really common form of acne but they are non-inflammatory. They are usually formed when the sebum, produced by the sebaceous glands underneath the skin surface, comes to the surface of the skin, oxidizes and turns black. The black color is due to the pigment melanin found in the sebum and that’s the reason why its called blackheads. Blackheads take quite a long time to clear.

The whiteheads are actually a form of blackheads but in whiteheads, the sebum doesn’t come to the surface of the skin. Rather it stays underneath the skin and makes a white appearance on the surface. It can be hardly seen through naked eye.

It is the mildest form of acne but it can lead to moderate or severe acne if not properly treated. Papules are formed when the follicular wall breaks and white blood cells rush in to the top of the skin. It usually lasts 2-3 days and then disappears without leaving any scar.

It is moderate form of acne. If papules are not properly treated, it may lead to pustule. Pustules are inflammatory form of acne due to the pus found in them. They are commonly known as pimples.

Cyst is a highly inflammatory form of acne and can also be painful. They are usually much larger than the papule and may last for weeks. Squeezing a cyst can result in even greater infection. When they disappear, they are more likely to leave scars on the surface that may be really difficult to get rid of.

Acne conglobata
It is the most severe form of acne and can last for many years. It can affect almost all body parts but it is more common on face, shoulders, chest, back and upper arms. It is characterized by a number of highly inflammatory lesions that are often interconnected. It has quite severe effect on surface and is often painful aswell.

Pyoderma Faciale
This form of acne is characterized by very large pustules that are quite painful as well. Even after treatment, it leaves behind scars that are difficult to disappear. It only affects females and is just confined to face.

These are some of the most common types of acne. Other less common types of acne are nodule, Gram-Negative Folliculitis, Acne Fulminans, milia etc. Once you have properly diagnosed your acne type, it’s really easy to treat it accordingly. If you are not sure about the correct treatment of your acne, its always a good idea to consult a doctor.


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