Different Types of Acne
While zits or pimples are by far the most frequent form of acne and the one most people are likely to suffer from, you should known that there are other forms as well. The simplest form is acne vulgaris, meaning "common acne". It varies from person to person and can range from the sporadic whitehead or mild outbreak of pink bumps to large and hurting cysts that can be not easy to treat and that can cause scarring.
Basically we can divide different types of acne vulgaris in two basic groups, regardless of severity as non-inflammatory and inflammatory.
Non-inflammatory types of acne
Non-inflammatory different types of acne are considered mild to moderate acne and consist of two types of comedos, or blocked pores.
Whiteheads - technically called a closed comedo are plugged follicles below the surface of the skin.
Blackheads - technically called an open comedo is a yellowish or blackish bump or plug on the skin.
Inflammatory types of acne
Inflammatory different types of acne consist of comedos that have become inflamed as a result of bacteria in the clogged follicles.
Papules - red, inflamed, tender bumps with no head. Take care to not squeeze a papule. It will do no good, and may aggravate scarring.
Pustules - identical to a whitehead, but inflamed, and appears as a red circle with a white or yellow center.
Nodules - large and painful lumps lodged deep within the skin that can cause scarring.
Cysts - deep, painful, can appear similar to a nodule, but is pus-filled lesions and contain liquid like that found in pustules and are likely to cause scarring.
Acne Rosacea sometimes can look like the aforesaid acne vulgaris, and the two types of acne are confused for one another.
Rosacea is a common but often misunderstood condition that affects millions of people worldwide, occurs most commonly in adult life, between the ages of 30 and 60 years. It may also be found in children, although rarely and affects both sexes, but is almost three times more common in women, although often more severe when found in men. It usually appears as red rash, which are usually limited, to the cheeks, forehead, nose and chin. The redness is frequently accompanied by pimples and bumps. Blood vessels can also turn out to be more noticeable on the skin. People with this kind of acne rarely have pimples. These flashes can be triggered by certain foods like spicy foods and alcohol. Treatment is frequently different for rosacea than for acne, and it is essential that you consult a medical doctor to find out if what you are experiencing is rosacea or acne vulgaris.