Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Different Classifications of Acne Explained

The Different Classifications of Acne Explained
by Chris Channing

When it comes to acne, there is a lot of information to take in. Many teens and young adults simply skip over this information and instead head straight for any product that promises to help with their affliction. But educating one's self on acne is extremely important if an acne fighting routine is to be successfully implemented.

Types Of Acne You May Encounter

One of the more common types of acne, the blackhead, is something just about everyone has experienced. The black dot that forms is actually not dirt, but rather a reaction to the skin and oxygen as the pore is partially blocked. Since the pore is only partially blocked, the pore will still excrement sebum and bacteria. The blackhead usually lasts longer than a whitehead would in the same situation.

The whitehead is similar to the blackhead, except that it completely blocks the pore and contains a white colored head. Bacteria and sebum are completely trapped under the skin in this case, which makes the appearance of a white tip. Whiteheads generally don't last as long as blackheads, and are usually more unsightly in appearance.

The papule is another type of acne. The papule doesn't contain a head to it, and is usually just a red mark on the skin. Papules are generally fairly painful and large in size. It should be noted that one should never squeeze a papule, as it will only get further infected and scarring may result. Instead, one should either wait the papule out or consult a doctor for a cortisone treatment.

Pustules are much like papules, but they differ from them in the sense that they contain a white head to them. They carry the same red inflammation that papules hold, yet also combine the effects of whiteheads. This type of acne is generally quite common among those who do indeed have acne. This type of acne in particular can easily lead to scarring if cared for recklessly.

Acne Types And Tips For Solutions

For whiteheads and blackheads, it is generally not advised to further inflame or bother the affected area. These smaller lesions on the skin generally go away by themselves without much harm. Whiteheads are generally more noticeable, however, and proper care should be taken if trying to tamper with them.

When it comes to pustules and papules, there can be relief by simply getting a cortisone shot. This will help reduce swelling and inflammation that characterizes these types of acne. Try not to tamper with either type of acne, especially papules, as further infection will result.

If you must extract the contents of any type of acne type, be sure to do so under sterile conditions. Do not force any of the excrement- try to drain the acne as easily as possible. Taking careful steps in the draining process will help ensure that no infection or inflammation spreads. In the end, educating yourself on these four types of acne will help you target your daily acne fighting regime and increase your knowledge on acne in general.

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