Acne can be divided into two categories: inflamed and non-inflamed. The most common form of acne is known as acne vulgaris meaning common acne. Acne Vulgaris is a common form of acne, some symptoms of acne vulgaris are the formation of comedones, pustules, nodules, as a result of obstruction and inflammation of pilosebaceous units. It consists of red, raised areas on the skin that can become pustules and even more on the cysts that can cause scarring. It is caused by change in the pilosebaseous units and tiny hair follicles on the face and body get clogged due to the too much emission of oils. Most of the time it appears it appears in teen and adults.
Symptoms of Acne Vulgaris
- Acne develops most often on the face, neck, chest, shoulders, or back and can range from mild to severe.
- Mild acne usually causes only whiteheads or blackheads.
- Severe acne can produce hundreds of pimples that cover large areas of skin.
- Papules and pustules are red lesions 2 to 5 mm in diameter.
- Cystic acne can be painful. Other types cause no physical symptoms but can be a source of major emotional distress.
- Acne conglobata is of the most severe forms and symptoms of acne vulgaris, affecting men more than women. Patients have abscesses, draining sinuses, and keloidal and atrophic scars.
- The symptoms of acne vulgaris may resemble other skin conditions. Always consult your doctor or physician for a diagnosis.
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Types of Acne
There are three common types of acne – acne vulgaris, acne rosacea and acne inverse.
- Acne vulgaris
This is the most common type of acne and is most commonly suffered by teenagers after the onset of the hormones in puberty. However, adults can also suffer from acne vulgaris. The pimples of this type of acne are caused as plugs of sebum harden in the pores and form whiteheads. At oxidation, these plugs of sebum turn black and form blackheads. Also, if these pimples are scratched or squeezed and become inflamed, they can become infected, worsening the acne. Most often, acne vulgaris affects the face, but the pimples can also occur on the back, shoulders, upper arms and chest. Occasionally, other parts of the body are also affected.
- Acne rosacea
Acne rosacea mainly affects the face’s central panel often called the T-zone the forehead, nose and chin. It mainly affects people with fair skin. The redness of acne rosacea occurs when the small blood vessels dilate and become visible as blushing skin. Pimples are not really associated with this type of acne. This skin condition has been nicknamed ‘adult acne’ as it really only seen in adults over the age of thirty. It is also more common in women than men. People who habitually blush or who are prone to hot lushes are more likely to get acne rosacea. It can be a sign of more longstanding and deep seated health concerns linked to the blood vessels and blood circulation, but this is not always the case.
- Acne inversa
Acne inversa is perhaps the worst type of acne there is. The pimples in this type of acne can often become pus filled abscesses and they most commonly occur in the warm, concealed parts of your body like the armpits. That is because they firm in sweat gland areas but the boil like pimples can also often occur in areas where there is a lot of skin to skin contact, again like the armpits. The pus can be smelly. Although the cause of acne inverse is not really known, it appears that there is a link with smoking and obesity.
If your acne, whatever the type of acne is severe enough to make you want to have it treated, then you need to know which of the types of acne you have. This is because the treatments are different which makes sense if you think about it, as the symptoms of acne vulgaris and of different types of acne are all different.