What type of acne pimples do I have?
Have you ever wondered what type of acne you have and how
they are formed? Before we go further, let us first discuss what acne is and
what causes acne. There are two classes of acne; acute and chronic acne. Although they both
present the same surface symptoms and are formed the same way, the underlining
cause is different for these two classes of acne. Acute acne is caused by
external factors or brief hormonal surges, while chronic acne is caused by an
hormonal imbalance. In the case of acute acne, washing your sheets, pillow
case, changing hair product (cause of hair line acne popular known as pomade
acne) and removing any other external factors eliminates the problem. While in
chronic acne, this skin disease would persist regardless of the external
factors. Though external factors do worsen surface symptoms. The main culprit behind
chronic acne is the androgen hormone. The androgen hormone stimulates the
sebaceous gland which secretes sebum, a natural oil that moisturizes both the
hair and skin. When an excessive amount of this hormone is produced, the
sebaceous gland is overstimulated which leads to the excess secretion of sebum.
This oily substance combines with bacteria, dirt and dead skin to clog up the
pores. This creates a breeding ground for the bacteria which leads to the
surface symptoms known as pimples, blackheads etc.
In both classes, the
surface symptoms are formed as a result of the clogged pores. With acute acne,
a brief hormonal surge (e.g. during a menstrual period) or external factors
such as greasy makeup, dirty pillows and bad habits are responsible for the occasional
pimples. Hence purchasing non-comedogenic moisturizers and makeup is extremely important especially for
those with acne prone skin types. Now that we understand how acne is formed, we
will now discuss the various types of acnes commonly seen. There are two main
categories of acne; the comedonal acne and the inflammatory acne. Although
formed the same way, they have different appearances and severities.
Comedonal Acne type
Blackhead and whiteheads fall under this category. This
category possesses the mildest form of acne types and it is also both painless
and non-inflammatory. The discoloration observed in blackheads is as a result
of the oxidation of the melanin exposed to open air. The pores of blackheads
are open, as a result the dirt, bacteria and sebum mixture are exposed to open
air. It is important to note that this is the only form of acne with open
pores. While in the case of whiteheads, there is a very thin layer of skin
covering the pores. They are usually white in color, small and difficult to pop
(this is not advised). Comedonal acnes tend to milder and leave no scars as
they are not deeply ingrained into the skin. They are located close to the
surface of the skin as a result the bacteria does not cause an infection or
Inflammatory Acne type (Non-comedonal
In this category, the acne is more deeply ingrained in the
skin resulting in inflammation caused by the bacteria infection. There are a
number of acne types that fall into this category and they are listed below:
These appear as small red inflamed bumps
These are small red inflamed bumps with pus at the tip.
These are located deeper in the skin. They are usually hard, large and painful
to the touch.
With this type of acne, the patient has the highest chance of acne scarring.
They are large, painful pus filled lumps that can be seen under the skin.
In this category, the acne is more severe and improper care
can easily lead to acne scarring or increase the severity of the acne. You
should avoid areas containing these lumps during exfoliation as rubbing may
push the bacteria even deeper resulting in cysts.
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