Acne Types And Variations

What type of acne do you have?

There are different types and variations of acne – some forms are very mild, some are more severe, and some are extremely severe causing skin trauma, scarring and even systemic problems.

The Most Common Type of Acne is called Acne Vulgaris. Acne Vulgaris consists of various acne skin lesions. Mild cases consist of whiteheads and blackheads that are relatively easy to treat. The more serious cases include pustules and papules, nodules and cysts which can be treated with either natural acne remedies, or conventional acne treatments.

Acne Rosacea is a form of acne that appears on the face as a red rash with small bumps. Roseacea is not acne vulgaris, but the two conditions can often look the same and because of the redness they are sometimes confused one with the other. Acne Roseacea is often named \”adult acne\” as it usually affects adults ranging in age from the 30\’s to the 50\’s and is more commonly found in women than in men.

Acne Cosmetica is caused by the use of certain types of make up or cosmetics which can clog the pore follicles of the skin causing small bumps that are usually not inflammed. It\’s advisable to stay away from oily creams and moisturizers and \”foundation\” make up if you have acne cosmetica. Instead, use hair and skin products that are oil-free and state \”noncomedogenic\” on the label. The word noncomedogenic means that the product will not irritate acne skin.

The More Serious Types of Acne:

Acne Conglobata is a very rare but serious form of acne that usually occurs in young men in the age range of around 18 to 35. This type of acne consists of abcessed nodules or cysts that connect under the skin in groups. The cysts drain infected fluid and can cause severe scarring. Acne conglobata needs immediate medical treatment and medication.

Acne Fulminans is another very rare but more advanced form of acne conglobata that can arise suddenly and cause painful joints, fevers, weight loss, swollen lymph nodes and muscle weakness and degeneration. Acne fulminans may also be painful. Anyone who develops acne fulminans needs immediate medical care with a dermatologist who can properly treat this condition. 

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