Different Types Of Acne And What They Mean

Different Types Of Acne And What They Mean


When it comes to the different types of acne, there are five individual categories based on the severity and skin damage caused by acne, including:


  • Comedos
  • Papule
  • Pustule
  • Nodule
  • Cyst


Symptoms of acne such as blackheads and whiteheads belong to the comedos category, with cysts being classified as belonging to the nodule category.


Another word for acne is “Acne Vulgaris”, a form of acne, which commonly occurs during puberty.


It primarily affects the back, face and chest. Acne vulgaris affect both teenage boys and girls.


Nearly 30-40% of teenage boys are affected between the ages of 18 and 19 years old.


Girls are generally affected between the ages of 16-18 years.


Here is how acne is characterized by certain groups that can determine the severity of your acne:


Black Heads
You will suffer from black heads when your pores are partially blocked which allows some the bacteria, dead skin cells and sebum to escape and drain to the surface of your skin.


The dark color that comes with black heads is not dirt and so consistently washing your face will not prevent black heads from appearing. Black heads are firmer and often take a few days to a week to clear.



White Heads
You will see white heads appear when a pore is completely blocked, the opposite of a black head.


With white heads, they tend to last for only a short length of time and result from sebum, bacteria and dead skin cells being trapped beneath the skins surface.



These are painful, red bumps that are inflamed and
contain no head.



A pustule is what we commonly call a “pimple”. They are very similar to a white head but are always inflamed and contain a white or yellow center.



Nodules are larger spots that can lasts for months and be difficult to deal with because of how painful they can be. Nodules are hardened bumps beneath the skins surface and with nodules, scarring is quite common.


If you believe that you have nodules, please do not squeeze them as doing so may cause severe trauma to your skin, spreading of nodules, and prolonged life.


Don’t try to treat nodules on your own, instead book an appointment with your dermatologist for assistance as nodules are quite difficult to control with over the counter medications or home based remedies.


Just like a nodule, cysts can be large and feel hard, in fact, some cysts feel like round balls within the skin.


They are also very painful and are filled with liquid.


Do not squeeze or attempt to break a cyst, as you can push the bacteria and infection deeper into your skin.


Apart from the common forms of acne that many of us have experienced from time to time throughout our life, there are four types of acne that are considered more severe and should be treated by a doctor.


Acne Conglobata
This is the most severe form of acne, generally characterized by the large appearance of numerous nodules, often connected, interconnected and contains a
large number of black heads.


Because these lesions can become ulcerated, they can cause disfiguring and severe
scarring on the skin surface.


Conglobata is usually found on the face, back, chest, upper arms and thighs.


Acne Conglobata usually affects people between the ages of 18 and 30 and is more common in males.


It should also be noted that Acne Conglobata could stay active for many years, lying dormant until something
occurs that causes the acne to resurface.


The cause of Acne Conglobata is unknown at this time.


Acne Fulminans
This type of severe acne is actually an abrupt onset of acne conglobata that typically afflicts young men.


The symptoms of the severe nodulocystic, often ulcerating acne, are readily apparent.


As with normal cases of acne conglobata the lesions cover large portions of the extremities and the facial region, including the disfiguring scars that can eventually develop.


Yet what makes acne fulminans unique in that it also includes fever symptoms, aching of the joints, particularly the knees and hips, and varying degrees of weight loss that depend upon the individual.



Gram Negative Folliculitis

Gram-negative folliculitis is a form of extreme acne caused by an inflammation of the follicles that is caused by bacterial infection:


This condition is characterized by pustules and cysts.


It has been determined in some cases that its development is caused by a complication resulting from a long-term antibiotic treatment of acne vulgaris.


The reason that this form of acne is called “gram-negative” relates to the fact that gram is a type of blue stain used for laboratory testing for microscopic organism.


Bacteria that do not stain blue are referred to as “gram-negative.”


Like other forms of extreme or severe acne, gram-negative folliculitis is a rare condition, and we do not know whether it is more common in males or females as it has been documented in both.



Pyoderma Faciale

This type of severe acne affects only females, usually between the ages of 20 to 40 years of age.


It is characterized by large painful nodules, pustules and sores that may leave scarring.


Forming abruptly, pyoderma faciale may occur on the skin of a woman who has never had acne before.


Generally, this type of extreme acne is confined to the face, and though it does not last longer than a year, it can cause a great deal of damage in a very short time.


Keloidalis is a scar-like acne that can become present in both male and females, however is most prevalent among men.


Keloidalis commonly affects the neck area.


When the inflamed papules and pustules grow into larger cysts and nodules, the skin gets very greasy leading to atrophic scars and keloids on the neck, shoulders and upper back.


Other types of acne include:


*Acne Rosacea – Most common in the elderly and is
characterized by red rashes on the chin, nose, cheek
and forehead.



*Acne Conglobata – This is a highly inflammatory
disease with comedones, nodules, abscesses, and
draining sinus tracts.



*Acne Fulminans – is a severe form of the skin disease,
acne, which can occur after unsuccessful treatment for
another form of acne such as acne conglobata.



Acne usually occurs during the teenage years of a
person’s life, however, adults are not immune to acne,
and many of us, who fail to treat it can end up
suffering from it our entire lives.



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1. After getting the instrument, please first in the hand skin operation, master the use of the instrument skills in the use of facial skin.


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