Face Acne Guide

Mild Types of Acne

Whiteheads: Whiteheads form when a pore is completely blocked with oil, dead skin, and bacteria. This is usually caused by excess oil production due to female and male hormones during puberty. Popping the whitehead will only cause more irritation, potentially making it worst.

Blackheads: Blackheads form when a pore is only partially blocked with oil, dead skin, and bacteria. This causes the blackhead the slowly form to the surface, slowly suffocating that particular pore causing the skin pigmentation to turn black. Blackheads can take quite a bit longer to disappear due to their slow formation.

Treatment: Blackheads and Whiteheads can usually be kept under control by washing your face 2 times a day, taking a multi-vitamin to optimize your body’s natural healing power, and drinking lots of water to help flush the bacteria from within the skin follicles.

Moderate Types of Acne

Pustules: A pustule is an inflamed whitehead, usually consisting of a yellow to white head color. These can be characterized as looking inflamed and irritated, the best thing to do with a pustule is leave it alone and let it heal itself before causing further irritation.

Papules: A papule is a pustule but without a head. It is a red irritated bump. Never pop a papule as it will cause damaging scarring and tissue damage.

Treatment: Pustules and papules require the same treatment as above for whiteheads and blackheads, but require you to take more action because of their persistence. I recommend a 2.5% Benzyl Peroxide cream to calm the skin and prevent acne from forming in the first place. Go to your local drugstore and look for 2.5% Benzyl Peroxide in the acne cream ingredient list, it is quite common and easy to find.

Severe Types of Acne

Nodule: A nodule is an extreme version of a papule, characterised as being a large (1-3 cm), hard, and red bump. They can last anywhere from weeks to months, make sure to NEVER pop a nodule as it could cause it to last months longer than it would otherwise, as well as causing permanent skin damage.

Cysts: A cysts is almost the same as a nodule, but is puss filled instead of hard. It reaches the same diameter and can last the same amount of time. The same rules apply for cysts as a nodule, no squeezing!

Treatment: Severe acne requires the same steps as pustules and papules, but because of its severe nature can most likely not be cured by only these steps. It is likely you will need an oral medication called Accutane. Accutane is a high concentration of vitamin A, and a side effect of taking this high concentration is no acne or oil production. It can be very dangerous if taking incorrectly and will require you to take blood test monthly to confirm it isn’t causing any damage to the liver. Accutane is only attainable if prescribed by a dermatologist or doctor, please visit one for further information.

Taking Care of Acne Common Mistakes

Over Washing: I know it can be difficult to have your face feeling dirty and oily throughout the day at times, but washing more than twice a day will just make your acne and oily skin worst. Use a gentle acne face wash to keep irritation to a minimum.

Touching Your Face: Touching of the face is a common trait most humans naturally partake in once in a while. For an acne prone face this is a big no-no. See, your fingers produce oil just like your face does, but this oil comes in to contact with a lot more bacteria filled things then your face (keyboards, door handles, etc.) and when you touch your face with these oily fingers it transfers this bacteria filled oil onto your face, causing more acne.

Expecting Immediate Results: Face acne treatment takes time to help your acne. Instead of only giving each acne product a 2 week chance before rushing onto the next treatment, wait about 2-3 months for a conclusion on whether that product has helped you or not.

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