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Acne Vulgaris – Severe

Nodules – The nodule is the most painful lesions caused by acne. Nodules extend into the deeper layers of skin. If you do not treat acne nodules, they can lead to skin damage and scar formation.

Cysts - Cysts are lesions shaped like capsules and contain the same pus found in pustules. But cysts are larger than pustules. They are soft, fluid-filled lumps that can be very painful. Cysts can become infected and may extend deeper into the skin and leave scar tissue behind.

Nodulocystic acne – Is the most severe form of acne vulgaris. They appear as deep, inflamed breakouts on the face as well as on other parts of the body. The acne blemishes can become very large with some measuring as much as 4 – 6 centimetres across. Even though it is very difficult to treat nodulocystic acne, it is a misconception that it can only be treated and responds only to Isotretinoin which is a substance made from vitamin A.

Acne Conglobata - Is a chronic and severe form of acne vulgaris that is more common in males, and is identified by deep abscesses, inflammation, widespread blackheads and scarring. It can be found on the face, chest, neck , arms and buttocks and is likely to effect those between the ages of 18 – 30, although acne conglobata can stay active for many years if the cause is not treated.

Acne Fulminans – The symptoms of acne fulminans is similar to that of acne conglobata and again is more common in males. Although is has similar symptoms to acne conglobata, acne fulminans does have a unique set of symptoms such as fever and swelling and pain of the joints especially the the hips and knees.

Gram-Negative Folliculitis - Inflammation of the hair follicles due to a bacterial infection which is caused by long term use of antibiotic drugs. Although it is a rare condition, it’s worth noting that if you on antibiotics for the treatment of another severe form of acne, it is possible that you could develop gram-negative folliculitis.

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