THE SIX TYPES OF ACNE BLEMISH
Acne blemishes include:
If a pore is blocked with bacteria, oil and skin cells, but stays closed, it appears as a white or flesh-colored spot.
These are the same as whiteheads, but when a pore is open. Blackheads form when the debris blocking a pore is exposed to air – similar to how a cut apple turns brown. Although they may look like a speck of dirt, blackheads are not a sign of being unclean.
These feel like lots of little hard bumps under the skin, and can feel rough like sandpaper. Papules form when bacteria,
oil and skin cells travel deeper into the pore.
These are better known as pimples – inflamed red bumps with pus or fluid in the center.
These are large, tender bumps filled with pus that have moved deep into the skin. They are more likely to cause scarring
and often need to be cleared professionally by a dermatologist.
These are like cysts but harder, as they don’t contain pus. Nodules can cover large areas of the skin and, as with cysts,
this type of severe acne can often be hereditary and also require medical attention.
Other than blemishes, acne symptoms also include oily skin, bumpy skin and scars from previous breakouts.
Rosacea is another skin condition that can seem similar to acne, but unlike acne, it’s characterized by general redness around the center of the face, eyes and scalp. Although it can cause pimple-like blemishes, it doesn’t cause blackheads. Rosacea and acne require different treatments.
WHAT ARE THE OTHER EFFECTS OF ACNE?
Acne has effects other than the presentation of pimples and breakouts. These can include:
- Dark spots on the skin as acne heals, which can take months or years to disappear.
- Scars left by larger nodules and cysts as they heal. These don’t have to be permanent though. Early and consistent treatment, sometimes combined with dermatologist support, can help acne sufferers avoid scarring.
- Low self-esteem and depression.
The good news is that almost all acne is fully treatable – it’s just a case of finding the right combination of treatments for your skin.
ACNE TREATMENTS FOR DIFFERENT TYPES OF ACNE
Acne is unique to each individual person. Choosing acne treatments that suit your personal causes and symptoms is essential.
We believe that PanOxyl® benzoyl peroxide wash is a good option for most people because it kills bacteria, speeds up skin cell shedding and reduces inflammation. But we recommend finding the best acne treatment for your individual skin, which may include working with a dermatologist.