Acne is a common skin problem experienced by teenagers and even adults. This happens due to many factors when oil production increases and dead skin cells clog pores. There are various types of acne that are important to recognize, so we know how to treat them.

7 Acne Pictures and Its Explanation:

  1. Comedonal Acne Picture

Acne pictures - Comedonal acne

Comedonal Acne is caused by clogged pores. It looks like a small lump all over the skin, which often appears in the nose and chin. There are 2 types of comedonal acne.

  • Whiteheads

Whiteheads are a form of comedonal acne. Whiteheads usually appear in white, small, with oil and dead skin covered by a layer of skin. Just like blackheads, this is caused when there is excessive oil production and accumulates in the pores. Many medications are sold freely in pharmacies to remove this type of acne.

  • Blackheads

Blackheads are one type of acne that is technically called open comedones. In contrast to most people’s beliefs, blackheads are not caused by dirt or germs but are actually caused by too much oil production that clogs the follicles. It then pushes up towards the surface so that it gets exposed to air then eventually becomes black or sometimes yellow because of the build-up of melanin. Melanin is responsible for the pigment of skin and hair. Blackheads can also be caused by dead skin cells. If the skin is not cleaned in the proper way, dead skin cells accumulate and clog the pores which in turn cause oil accumulation resulting in the build-up.

The good news is that comedonal acne is quite easy to treat. Prescription drug retinoids are widely sold in pharmacies, which will improve skin repair and exfoliation, thus opening clogged pores. If you have comedonal acne, you can treat it with natural ingredients or by using a product containing salicylate or glycolic acid to slough off the top layer of your skin. Make sure you are comfortable with washing your face twice a day and using cleansers and skin care products. Also, take note of your makeup. If it contains ingredients that do not fit your skin type and clog pores, you should replace with a makeup made of light/soft ingredients.

  1. Papule Acne Picture


Acne pictures - Papule acne

Papules are inflamed blackheads that form small red or pink bumps on the skin. This type of acne is very sensitive to touch. Often touching and squeezing this acne can cause inflammation and can leave a permanent acne scar. This type of acne is quite severe.

  1. Pustular Acne Picture


Acne pictures - Pustular acne

Pustules are another type of inflamed acne. This acne resembles a whitehead with a red ring around the bump. The lump is usually filled with white or yellow pus. This types of acne generally do not contain bacteria and are usually painless though inflamed. Inflammation is simply the chemical reaction of substances found in blood and skin. Avoid punching or touching because it can cause scars or dark spots.

  1. Nodular Acne Picture

Acne pictures - Nodular acne

Nodules are large acne lumps that have been inflamed. This type of acne develops deep within the skin and is very painful. This acne should be treated by a dermatologist. Natural treatments, as well as acne free medicines sold at pharmacies, are not effective enough to clean up this Acne. To treat it, you need to use prescription drugs recommended by Doctors.

  1. Cystic Acne Picture


Acne pictures - Cystic acne

People with severe cystic acne have multiple inflamed cysts and nodules. Acne may turn dark red or purple. Often leaves scars. Proper treatment by a dermatologist can minimize scarring. In some cases, your doctor may inject corticosteroids directly into acne bumps to reduce painful size and inflammation.

  1. Conglobate Acne Picture


Acne pictures - Conglobate acne

Conglobate Acne is one of the most severe forms of acne. Acne involves many inflamed nodules under the skin. This acne can appear on the neck, chest, arms, and buttocks. Often leaving scars. This type of acne is more common in men. To treat this acne requires the help of Dermatologist.

  1. Mechanica Acne Picture


Acne pictures - Mechanica acne

Mechanica acne is caused by heat, friction, and pressure on the skin, or caused by the use of helmets and hats. To prevent it, try adding absorbent material to the helmet and hat, and immediately take a bath after a sweaty activity.

Now that we have seen acne pictures and explanations of each one of them, we should recognize which one we are having and take the appropriate actions to eliminate the acne.


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