In part 2 of this acne discussion, it’s essential to know the six types of acne and the symptoms and appearance of each type. When you know what kind of acne you have, it makes it easier to treat it correctly. There are two main groups of acne: inflammatory and non-inflammatory acne. If you still need to read part 1, I reviewed how to clean pores. 

Non-inflammatory Acne

Blackheads are open comedones that are clogged pores that remain open, and when the air hits the pore, it changes colors to make it dark. They look like small raised bumps on the skin with a dark center. Getting a professional facial is the best way to clear up blackheads, and following up with a good home care regimen will keep them from returning. 

Whiteheads are closed comedones that form when a pore gets clogged with dead skin cells or oil. A layer of skin covers the pore with a white cast.

Inflammatory Acne Types

Inflammatory acne is more intense, making blemished skin red, swollen, and tender. The blemishes can involve the chest, back, shoulder area, face, and neck. If left untreated, this type of acne can cause scarring, and a licensed professional esthetician or dermatologist is an excellent option to get your skin on the right track. 

Papules (Acne Papules) are small, sensitive, and raised bumps under the skin that show redness and swelling around them with no defined center. They look like what you would think an acne breakout would look like. 

Pustules are like papules but larger, inflamed, and filled with pus. Pustules can form anywhere but are more common on the face, neck, and back. 

More Severe Types of Acne

Nodules could be red or skin-colored bumps deep within the skin and have no visible head. Nodules can be painful when touched and hard to treat. 

Cystic acne develops deep beneath the skin’s surface, and they are large bumps that are fluid-filled with pus. Cystic acne is most common along the jawline but can also form on the back. 

Hormones, genetics, or food allergies can be the cause associated with severe acne. It’s essential to seek out a licensed professional skin therapist or dermatologist to determine the root cause of severe acne to treat it. Severe acne can lead to mental health issues like depression, so it’s essential to address it promptly. 

 Lifestyle changes to consider that may improve your skin.

Avoid touching your face often.

Use oil-free water based face lotions

Make sure to wash your face every night before you go to bed

Eat a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables

Don’t pick acne blemishes

Use mineral-based makeup

Drink plenty of water

Make changes to reduce stress levels

Quit smoking

Consult with an esthetician about an acne regimen

Get enough sleep 

Check out the acne products available through my online store.

 These pharmaceutical-grade products through Glymed Plus  

treat mild to severe acne symptoms by reducing bacteria, oil, and dead skin cells. 

My top picks:

Sal-X Exfoliating Cleanser

Skin Astringent No.2

Have questions? I’m here to help! 


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