Types of acne - Understanding different types of acne

Understanding Types of Acne

Acne is a skin condition that has plagued teens the world over. Although it is more commonly known to occur in teens, it affects many adults as well. The term "acne" is a general term that covers a wide variety of conditions that affect the skin's oil glands and produces multiple pimples simultaneously over the face, back and/or chest area. It is not a serious condition but can lead to scaring and it can be unsightly.

Two Common Types of Acne

Although they are many acne types, some are more common than others. The two most common are white heads and blackheads. Whiteheads occur most commonly around the eyes and on the cheeks and appear when a skin pore is completely blocked. The oil becomes trapped in the pore along with bacteria and dead skin cells causing a white appearance on the surface of the skin.

A blackhead occurs when a pore is only partially blocked. Unlike in the case of a whitehead, some of the oil, bacteria and dead skin cells come to the surface and drain. Most people believe the black appearance is caused by dirt, but it is not. What causes the black area is a reaction between the skin's pigment and the air. Blackheads take longer to clear than whiteheads.

Basic Treatment

It is important to understand that a whitehead is not a pimple and cannot be treated in the same way (here is a sample pimple remedy). If you try to squeeze them you will end up damaging the skin and causing a reddish scar. The same is true for a blackhead. Attempts to remove them can result in scaring. All acne types benefit from a similar regimen.

First cleanse your skin on a regular basis with an appropriate cleanser. Choose a cleanser for your particular skin type and type of acne. Next, exfoliate two to three times a week using an appropriate mask. Avoid scrubbing the skin as this may cause the oil glands to become more active. Third, moisturize, again choose a moisturizer appropriate to your type of skin and condition. And lastly, steam your face once a week for a deep cleaning.

Other Acne Types

There are many other types of acne as well.

  • Pustules or commonly known as pimple and are papules that can be red at the base and topped with a pus-filled lesion
  • Papules - usually appear as small, pink bumps on the skin that can be tender to the touch
  • Nodules - lesions deep in the skin that are large and very painful
  • Cysts - pus-filled lesions that are also very deep and painful and can cause scarring
  • An Easy-to-Make Home Treatments for all Types of Acne

    There are numerous acne home remedies you can prepare quickly; here are a couple:

    Egg White Mask

    * Separate the yolk from the white of two eggs.
    * Whip the egg whites until they are frothy.
    * Apply the mixture to a clean face using clean hands
    * Leave in place for 20 minutes
    * Rinse with warm water.
    * Pat dry

    Lemon Juice & Rose Water

    * Mix equal parts of lemon juice and rose water
    * Apply the mixture to the face
    * Leave on until it dries
    * Rinse with warm water
    * Pat dry

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