Having acne is no fun, regardless of what kind of acne it is. But knowing what type of pimples you are dealing with is one of the first steps you can take in addressing the problem and working with your dermatologist to figure out how to best treat it. Start by reading over these three common kinds of acne and seeing if what you are dealing with fits into any of these categories.
This type of acne is fairly easy to recognize as it usually follows a distinctive pattern that corresponds with your hormonal cycles. In females, it often gets worse right before or after your monthly period, when your hormones are fluctuating. It may also flare up right around the time that you ovulate each month. Hormonal acne is also common in males, and may occur at any age. This type of acne is often found around the mouth area, including the chin, jaw and lower cheeks.
When bacterial infections clog a pore of your skin, this reaction can trigger cystic acne, which often feels like it is deeply rooted far beneath the surface of your skin. Cystic acne may take longer to develop and longer to go away once a pimple has risen to the surface and created a head. This type of acne is often linked to oily skin.
Whiteheads or Blackheads
These two types of acne are very common and may occur anywhere on the face or body. Both types are the result of oil clogging up pores, which results in bacterial infections and then creates pimples, pustules or nodules. While whiteheads are the product of white blood cells rising to the surface to combat infection, blackheads may be due to oxygen rising to the surface of the skin.
Got pimples and ready to be done with them? Dealing with these three very different types of acne is something you and your dermatologist can do together.