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Which Type(s) of Acne Have You Had Or Currently Have? Check All That May Apply

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1 Types Of Acne on Tue Jan 19, 2010 12:48 am

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Though all pimples start the same way, they can take many forms and may react differently for different people. All acne begins with one basic lesion: The comedo, an enlarged hair follicle plugged with oil and bacteria. Invisible to the naked eye, the comedo lurks beneath the surface of your skin waiting for the right conditions to grow into an inflamed lesion. As the skin continues to produce more oil, bacteria flourishes within the swollen follicle. The surrounding skin becomes increasingly inflamed as your white blood cells fight against the intruders.

NOTE: The following guide is not intended to be used for conclusive self-diagnosis; it’s best to consult a dermatologist if your [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] persists. These definitions may be used to help you decide whether or not you should consider seeking medical attention.


Types of Acne - NON-INFLAMMATORY ACNE:

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Closed comedo, or whitehead. If the plugged follicle stays below the surface of the skin, the lesion is called a closed comedo, or whitehead. They usually appear on the skin as small, whitish bumps.

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Open comedo, or blackhead. If the plug enlarges and pushes through the surface of the skin, it's called an open comedo, or blackhead. The plug's dark appearance is not due to dirt, but rather to a buildup of melanin, the skin's dark pigment.

Types of Acne - INFLAMMATORY ACNE:

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Papule. The mildest form of inflammatory [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] is the papule, which appears on the skin as a small, firm pink bump. These can be tender to the touch, and are often considered an intermediary step between non-inflammatory and clearly inflammatory lesions.

Pustule. Like papules, pustules are small round lesions; unlike papules, they are clearly inflamed and contain visible pus. They may appear red at the base, with a yellowish or whitish center. Pustules do not commonly contain a great deal of bacteria; the inflammation is generally caused by chemical irritation from sebum components such as fatty free acids.

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Nodule or Cyst. Large and usually very painful, nodules are inflamed, pus-filled lesions lodged deep within the skin. Nodules develop when the contents of a comedo have spilled into the surrounding skin and the local immune system responds, producing pus. The most severe form of acne lesion, nodules may persist for weeks or months, their contents hardening into a deep cyst. Both nodules and cysts often leave deep scars.

Acne conglobata. This rare but serious form of inflammatory [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] develops primarily on the back, buttocks and chest. In addition to the presence of pustules and nodules, there may be severe bacterial infection.


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2 Re: Types Of Acne on Wed Feb 24, 2010 3:03 am

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I knew there were different types of acne, but I didn't know that there were that many. I have had whiteheads, blackheads, and once in a while cysts. I want to learn how to clear them from my face and make my complexion look more even-toned without any acne spots or spots.

3 Re: Types Of Acne on Thu Feb 25, 2010 6:37 pm

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Well, I pretty much picked all of them...although my skin had not been in that type of condition in a long while now. If I stopped using everything, my skin would be far from flawless. But, exfoliating and what you digest into youyr body can also have an effect on the skn.


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4 Re: Types Of Acne on Fri Feb 26, 2010 7:17 am

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to me, i think blackheads seem to be the hardest to get rid of compared to whiteheads. would i have to use 2 different acne products to treat both of them?

5 Re: Types Of Acne on Mon Mar 01, 2010 2:46 am

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Search for a gentle yet effective skin product that has the ability to treat both. Personally, I have grown to really like Neutrogena pink grapefruit scrub that helped to get rid of mine along with help to shrink my pores. Also, Likas papaya soap or Diana Stalder papaya kojic soap also helped me with this and worked quite well.


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Tretinoin/Retin-A 0.05% (exfoliant)
All Day Chemist Hq 4% (lightener)
RX Suncare: Sport Sunblock SPF 50 (sunblock)
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