Wednesday, 14 December 2011

What Are The Most Common Types Of Acne?

In this article I will explain what types of acne exist and what you should know about them. Don't forget that in order to defeat an enemy, you need to know who he is and what he is capable of. That is exactly what we are going to do.

Acne has really become so common these days that people started seeing it as a side effect of going through puberty. The last time I checked, eighty one percent of people between the ages of fifteen an fifty suffer from some form of acne. Having this skin disease is really a terrible experience, so let's discuss the common types of acne:

1) Acne Vulgaris - "vulgaris" means "common" or "ordinary." Even doctors stopped call acne vulgaris by its real name, and just refer to it as "acne." But please don't get me wrong, this doesn't mean that you should take this type of skin disease lightly. Even the most harmless acne can quickly bring complications; also, not everyone responds well to common treatments. Usually, creams that contain benzoyl peroxide will do the trick, but if that doesn't work, consult your local dermatologist.

2) Blackhead - this type of acne presents itself as black spots on your skin. Blackheads appear when half blocked pores trap dead skin cells and bacteria, and then drains them to the surface. This type of skin disease is more difficult to remove than whiteheads because of its stable structure.

3) Whiteheads - this type of acne is composed from oil and sebum that combines with some cellular fragments. As I already mentioned, whiteheads are easier to remove than blackheads. They are closed from the epidermis' surface by cellular debris at the follicle opening. They form a yellow color because they have no contact with oxygen.

4) Acne Papules - these are tiny bumps on the face that are ~4mm in size. It appears on the skin when hair follicles become inflamed. This can happen if your body sweats, reacts to heat or medication; in some cases you are just genetically predispositioned to get this type of acne.

5) Acne Pustules - some people also call them zits. As a rule, they are dome shaped and filled with a mixture of dead skin cells, acne bacteria and white blood cells. Pustules almost never leave scars. They, usually, present themselves as a red circle on the skin with a yellow center. If you do not want to have scars - don't squeeze them.

There are more types of acne, but I will tell you about them in my next articles.

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