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Types of Acne - What Type of Acne Do I have?
Posted by Berof On Thu 14 Dec, 2017

Types of Acne - What Type of Acne Do I have ?

Acne Vulgaris presents different types of acne lesions: blackheads, whiteheads, papules, pustules, nodules, and cysts:

    • Blackheads: These are uninfected, clogged follicles that appear as a dark bump on the skin.
    • Whiteheads: Whiteheads are clogged follicles covered by a thin layer of skin that appear as white bumps or spots.
    • Papules: Papules are inflamed lesions that may appear red, and can be sensitive and painful.
    • Pustules: Pustules are inflamed lesions that are generally pus-filled. They may appear white or yellow, and popping pustules can lead to acne scarring.
    • Nodules: Nodules are a severe form of acne lesion that develop under the skin; they don’t generally contain pus but are hard to the touch.
    • Cysts: Cysts are a severe form of acne lesion that are inflamed and filled with pus. They are generally painful and require professional medical treatment. 


Beyond Acne Vulgaris, there are different kinds of acne conditions, including Acne Fulminans and Acne Mechanica.

    • Acne Fulminans: This is a severe form of acne that comes on abruptly in adolescent male, characterized by inflammatory nodular acne on both the chest and back. It can result in severe scarring and painful joints, along with other health issues.
    • Acne Mechanica: This form of acne is triggered by excess pressure, heat, and friction on the skin, and is often found among athletes and those already prone to acne breakouts. It’s characterized by small bumps that can range from tiny comedones to inflamed lesions.
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