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Help With Acne
The causes of acne are numerous and so are the types of acne that come with it. Zits are the most common and familiar form of acne and the one most teenagers and adults are more familiar with and prone to suffer from.
Acne ranges from mild to severe with each one requiring different levels of treatment intensity, but all are treated in similar ways to the next as the more severe forms of acne are indicators of bigger problems internally. Below is a brief description of each type of acne to make it easier for you to identify the severity and type of acne you have.
Acne Vulgaris – Mild/Moderate
Lesions – Small patches of skin with acne. Acne lesions are the external form of comedones (see below), hair follicles blocked by excess sebum.
Macula – A macula is a small red patch on skin that appears after an acne lesion. Macula stands out against the surrounding skin and gives the face or back an inflamed aspect.
Comedones - Known as blackheads and acne whiteheads, depending on whether the skin pore is open or not. Blackheads are skin pores with excess oil that comes out to the surface and can be seen as black spots. Whiteheads are closed pores filled with sebum, which swells under the skin.
Comedones are what you always want to pick and squeeze. But when you open a pore in the conditions of your home without sterile tools, you can easily get an infection. An open pore is a gateway to all kinds of bacteria that can cause severe forms of acne.
Papules – The papule is a small, solid elevation that contains pus under the skin. Papules can occur in all clusters, because of skin reaction to acne.
Pustules – Much like papules, pustules are small inflamed elevations of the skin, but they are filled with pus under the skin. The pus is a combination of bacteria and dead skin cells. Pustules are usually formed around the hair follicles.
Acne Rosacea - This form of skin irritation can look similar to acne vulgaris which is why Rosacea can be confused as acne vulgaris and vice a versa. Rosacea typically effects people over the age of 30 and is found more in women, although if found on men, Rosacea can be more severe. It is identified by a red rash, bumps and pimples which is found on the face area such as cheeks, nose, forehead and chin.
Acne Rosacea can lead to growth of excess tissue and swelling of the nose which is known as rhinophyma if it is left untreated.