Identify Your Acne Before You Get Treatment
There are many treatments for acne available on the market, but it
is very important to first identify your acne type before choosing a
The most common form of acne is named acne vulgaris. This type of
acne can be easily identified by looking at the characteristics of the
When a pore becomes completely
blocked by trapping sebum, dead skin cells, and bacteria, you will
notice a white appearance on the surface. Whiteheads normally will
disappear fast than blackheads on your skin. You should resist the
temptation to pop these pimples
When are pore is only partially
blocked, the trapped sebum, bacteria and dead skin will have slowly
drained to the surface of your skin. The black color is caused by your
skins pigment and melanin reacting with oxygen. Blackheads will
normally take longer to disappear than whiteheads. You should also
resist the temptation to pop these pimples too.
You can identify a pustule by a red
circle with a white or yellow center. The pustule will look similar to
a whitehead with the difference being inflammation. Pustules are
commonly referred to as Zits.
The papule is a red, inflamed and tender
bump on the skin with no visible head. You should not attempt to
squeeze this lesion as you may cause or exacerbate scarring.
Severe acne vulgaris
The severe type of acne
vulgaris include nodules and cysts and can be quite painful. You should
consult your dermatologist for treating these types of acne.
Acne rosacea may look very similar to acne vulgaris and often causes
confusion. Millions of people are affected by acne rosacea, and it
mostly strikes people over the age of 30. It will start to appear as a
reddish rash on the cheeks, forehead, nose and/or chin. You may also
notice small bumps, skin blemishes or pimples in the area. Blackheads
are not a symptom of rosacea. You should consult your dermatologist if
you suspect you have rosacea, because treatment is often very different.
There are other very serious forms of acne such as Acne Conglobata,
Acne Fulminans, Gram-Negative Folliculitis and Pyoderma Faciale. These
forms of acne are very rare, but they can be disfiguring, painful and
have psychological effects.
It is always recommended that you consult with your dermatologist to
confirm the type of acne you have and the best treatments available.
The above information should only be used as a reference, and only a
trained dermatologist can accurately diagnose your acne.