February 13th, 2013

Kinds of Acne and the Different Treatments Available

Acne, by Mattie.

Usually every time you wake up, and it feels so good to know it’s a brand new day. Most of us will go directly to the bathroom to wash our face and brush our teeth. However, a simple acne breakout that is visible in our face can ruin our entire day.

Many of us have experienced having acne, since they usually happen during adolescence. Some may be luckier than others; they didn’t have it all over there faces -just one or two here and there. Some can even have them after adolescence.

Acne is caused by sebum or oil from the sebaceous glands accumulates under the skin because the follicle (which adds to the trouble because hair grows from there) from which it passes gets blocked.

What Are The Different Kinds of Acne?

  • Whiteheads – these are found beneath the skin and cannot be seen. When dead cells and sebaceous oil mix, this is the result. There is no redness, but a slight bump may be felt.
  • BlackheadsBlackheads – these are similar to whiteheads, but can be seen on the surface of the skin because yes, they are black. This is because once it comes in contact with oxygen, it oxidizes, hence the color change.
  • Papules – these are clearly visible because they are pinkish, but small.
  • Pustules – these are the ones that are reddish with white tops because there is pus inside.
  • Nobules – these are the ones you shouldn’t touch. They can be painful and hard and they are larger compare to other kinds of acne.
  • Cysts – The word simply means it is a sac filled with fluid and/or semi solid particles. These are very large, painful and very visible. They are the culprits for scarring that may occur once you pop a zit.

What Are The Common Acne Treatments?

First and foremost, we have to take care of our skin. It is the largest organ of our body and takes a lot of punishment since it’s the one that’s outside and exposed to the most harm. Use a cleanser with salicylic acid.

Choose a gentle exfoliant which can also remove dead skin cells. This helps unclog pores and prevents bacteria from entering. Salicylic acid as mentioned above is the best way to go, since it can kill germs and peel off the dead skin.

Do not squeeze your acne. This will only damage your skin and may cause scarring. You might also be opening the way for bacteria and cause even more damage.

If that doesn’t help you, visit a dermatologist. There are several treatments that they can give you which can eliminate your acne.

Make sure you are comfortable with the treatment that they tell you and do not hesitate to ask questions. It’s your body and your skin.

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