Pimples, zits, breakouts – whatever you prefer to call it, acne is a problematic skin condition for many teenagers. At a time when trying to fit in and look your best is especially important, an acne flare-up can be a major detriment to a teen’s self-esteem. While all acne is embarrassing to deal with, there are actually different types of acne. Finding out what you are dealing with can make a big difference in how you treat it.
When it comes to acne, WebMD lists the following five types:
- Comedones: This is a non-inflammatory type of acne that includes the common whiteheads and blackheads and is non-inflammatory. These blemishes are caused by clogged pores that get inflamed when bacteria gets in.
- Papules: These are tender, red bumps that develop when a clogged pore gets overfilled with debris. Papules typically do not contain pus inside.
- Pustules: This type of acne is the most common. These pimples are marked by bumps that are red, inflamed and have a tiny white top.
- Nodules: Nodule acne is a more severe form of acne. These are larger and more solid lesions are deep within the skin. Nodule acne can be painful.
- Cystic: Cystic acne is another severe form of acne. These are also painful lesions deep in the skin, but they are filled with infectious material. Cystic acne is known for leaving scars.
To find out which type of acne your teen is suffering from, make an appointment with a board certified dermatologist. While some pimples can clear up with better hygiene or an over-the-counter product, there are some acne types that require more aggressive treatment. At Olansky Dermatology Associates, we offer a full menu of acne treatments for teens and adults. These may include a prescription cream or facial cleanser that is customized to your skin type. We also offer laser treatments, light therapy and teen facials that can restore a more attractive complexion. As an adolescent, you deserve to be confident in your skin!