Identifying Acne Blemishes

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The symptoms of acne can vary from person to person, with flare-ups ranging from mild to moderate to severe. There are several types of blemishes (also referred to as “pimples” and “zits”) associated with acne and skin inflammation.

Listed below are the most commonly experienced acne blemishes:

  • Whitehead : full of white or yellow pus, they appear when the secretions of the sebaceous gland in the follicles and bacteria are trapped below the surface of the skin.
  • Blackhead: resembles dirt trapped in a skin’s pore, but is actually a sign that the pore is filled with excess oil from the sebaceous gland which has oxidized (hence the brown hue). These blemishes are deeper below the skin’s surface.
  • Pustule: similar to a whitehead, but the surrounding skin is inflamed, red and irritated.
  • Papule: sensitive red bump with no white center or “head.” Manipulation of a papule can lead to infection or scarring.
  • Nodule: large, often painful lesion below the surface of the skin. This is a symptom of severe acne and can lead to acne scars.
  • Cyst: Similar to a nodule, but filled with liquid.

When dealing with moderate to severe acne, seek the care of a dermatologist who can prescribe personalized medication.

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