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What You Need To Know About The Different Types Of Acne

Believe it or not, there are different types of acne.  When you are looking at your face and you see a bunch of pimples, you probably don’t care anything about the different types of acne.   But if you know what type of acne you are suffering from, you can find the best course of treatment.

The type of acne that most people suffer from the most is called Acne Vulgaris.   When you are suffering from Acne Vulgaris, you will notice a slight bump on the top of your skin.  There are 4 types of bumps that you will see when you are suffering from Acne Vulgaris.  They are whiteheads, blackheads, pustules and papules.

Whiteheads look just like their name implies – a small white bump.  These happen when a pore is blocked by dirt, bacteria, dead skin cells or excess sebum.  Whiteheads don’t last long and if you clean the area around them, they will not become a major problem.

Blackheads are distinguished by their black color.  They are formed when a pore is blocked by dirt, bacteria, dead skin cell or excess sebum just like whiteheads are. The difference is the color which happens when a person has a deeper skin pigment.  A blackhead will stay around a little longer than a whitehead but you should treat them just as you would a whitehead.

Pustules usually have a red outer circle and a white or yellow colored substance in the center.  The look just like a whitehead does but they are red due the inflammation of the skin.  Pustules are the most common bump that you will see when you are experiencing an acne breakout.

Papules are very small bumps that are mostly red in color.  They will also feel tender to the touch.  Care must be used when washing around these since they are already inflamed.

With all 4 of these types of bumps, popping or squeezing them is something that should be avoided.  If you pop or squeeze them, you will release all of the bacteria over the surface of your skin.  You will most likely cause another breakout and possible scarring.   If you gently clean around the area and use a chemical or natural treatment, your acne breakout will be over in a matter of days.

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