Types of acne associated lesions
Knowing or consulting with a skin specialist which type of acne you are experiencing is key to successful acne treatment. Acne are categorised into two groups: inflammatory or noninflammatory. Then we have subtypes of acne within these two categories:
Are small, white bumps raised on the skin. They appear on the skin due to oil (sebum) and dead skin cells clogged in the pores. They often appear on the face, neck, chest and back.
Are small bumps that are caused by clogged hair follicles. They are called blackheads as their surface looks either black or dark. Blackheads are mild type of acne and they usually appear on the face, but also can form on the back.
Are small bumps that are typically caused by hormonal imbalances or during hormonal changes in the body. Pustules usually appear as white bumps that are surrounded by red skin, and unlike pimples, they can grow bigger and develop in clusters on the same area of the body like face, neck, chest and back.
Are a raised small area of skin tissue that can form in a variety of shapes, colours and sizes. Papules are skin lesions, that are often caused by an allergic reaction, skin irritation, or bug bites. Papules are usually less than a centimetre in size and can cluster together, forming rush. Papules can appear on any area of the body. It’s not a disease and it can be permanently treated.
Are slightly raised lumps on or below the skin. They also can develop in deeper layers or skin or internal organs. They are commonly caused by infection, thyroid hormones, Iodine deficiency or other allergic reactions. Nodules are usually bigger, and they feels like a hard lump in the skin. They can be removed and treated permanently.
It is possible to have more than one type of acne at once. It is important to identify the type, and what cause them, in order to plan and tailor the most suitable acne treatment that will be effective and preventive.