Identify Your Acne Before You Get Treatment
Understanding how to treat your Acne involves knowing which type
of Acne may have. Acne has many variations, ranging in severity
from mild to much more serious cases that can cause
disfigurement. There are many treatments for acne available on
the market, but it is very important to first identify your Acne
type before choosing a treatment.
Acne Vulgaris 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 lesions.
- Whiteheads: 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 - Blackheads: 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. - Pustules: 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. - Papules: 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
exacerbate scarring. - Severe Acne Vulgaris: The sever
types of Acne Vulgaris include Nodules and Cysts and will be
quite painful. You should consult your dermatologist for
treating these types of acne.
Acne Rosacea 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
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.
About the author:
Darren Hoffman provides an Acne Treatment
Resource Website with information, treatment options and
advice for people suffering from Acne. http://www.acne-treatm
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