Identifying Acne

Identifying Acne

What causes acne?

There are many different causes of acne, such as; Bad diet, Activities that cause you to sweat (i.e. working out); or having a bad skincare routine and high levels of stress. However, not every type of acne is ‘caused’, there is hormonal acne that is very common in teenagers, cystic acne and hereditary acne. All types of acne can be treated and controlled just some are easier then others.  



Different types of acne



Blackheads (open comedones)

Blackheads are open comedones that are caused by a clogged hair follicle. They are called blackheads because of their appearance; the surface looks dark/black. Blackheads are however only a mild case of acne that usually appears on the face but can appear on other parts of your body such as; your back. Black heads are one of the easiest types of acne to control/get rid of.


White heads (closed comedones)

White heads are closed comedones which are caused when your dead skin cells, oil and bacteria fill your pores and becomes trapped. White heads are covered in a thin layer of skin and appears with a white surface. White heads are most common on the face but can also appear on the shoulders, neck, back and chest areas. White heads can be caused by hormones, hereditary factors, stress and life habits. White heads are the body trying to push out infection. White heads are easily controlled with different typed of treatment.






Papules are caused when the hair follicle becomes clogged with the skin cells and excess oils. This blockage is called a comedo, all papules start off as comedo’s.



Pustules are caused by hormonal imbalance or hormonal changes in the body. Pustules can be hard and painful. Pustules can grow into cysts if they are not taken care of properly.



Nodules are a growth of abnormal tissue, they develop just below the skin. People commonly mistaken nodules as small cysts, boils and abscesses. Nodules are known to be red and painful to touch.



Cysts is a sac like pocket of membranous tissue which contains fluid, air and puss or other like substances. Cysts can grow anywhere on your body/under your skin. Cysts are treated differently depending on the where about on the body, the type, the pain it is causing and whether it is infected or not.

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Wendy Weier