Acne Identification 101

Acne is a complex aliment that takes on many forms and types. To effectively treat your breakouts you must know what type of acne you have, then take the proper steps to prevent, reduce and ultimately eliminate it. This post will cover some of the basics of acne identification, in Acne Identification 102 we’ll cover some of the most effective treatment options. Armed with this information, our goal is to give you a fighting chance for improving your complexion once and for all!



Comedones, also commonly referred to as white heads are one of the most common forms of acne. They take the form of small white pimples that are rarely associated with pain.
This type of acne comes from a pore that contains trapped dead skin cells and other materials like oil and dirt, within it. This type of acne can avoided by making a few lifestyle changes and if needed, medical treatments.



A blackhead is another common form of acne that’s created when a pore becomes impacted with sebum and dead skin cells. “Sebum” is an oily material that the body uses to make skin and hair waterproof and prevent becoming them from drying out. When the plugged pore is exposed to air it oxidizes and turns dark in color.



Paules are a type of acne that don’t have a head or any obvious associated pore and they typically do not produce pus. Inflammation of the skin is the usual cause of a papule, also known as Dermatitis.  This condition is commonly associated with a rash that’s made up of a group of papules. Never attempt to remove papules by squeezing, because it can rupture blood vessels in the skin, creating greater inflammation, infection and scarring.



When you hear the word pimple, a pustule will generally be the first image that comes to mind. Pustules are characterized by their reddish color, with a noticeable raised bump that is sometimes accompanied with a white head. These are the most tempting to squeeze, and also have the greatest chance of scarring and leaving dark blemishes on your face if not extracted correctly.

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3 thoughts on “Acne Identification 101

  1. Cindy says:

    I know when I was in high school and had break outs, my first line of attack was to cover it up with concealers, or over dry my skin. Either way, many times it made the break out worse. Less is often more. And, with severe acne, many treatments are too harsh and don’t address the issue, which is often an imbalance. Diet, food allergies etc, can radically contribute to skin issues. Skin, IMO, is the window to our health. Healthy skin, healthy bod.

  2. SDream25 says:

    Great post, but i have a question:
    Woke up this morning to a painful lump on my chin, its about a dime size, its hard to the touch, and is NOT red. It feels like its under the skin, when i look at it i dont see anything(only swelling).
    What is it? And what should i do to treat it? Im on tretinoin .04% and clyindomicin topical antibiotic lotion. (been using both for 3 months). Any ideas??

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