We normally associate acne with adolescence. However, it is a common misconception. Acne is a skin disease that is not exclusive to the “growing” phase of a human body. It can affect the adult skin as well. Therefore, it is important for you to know about the common types of acne. This will help you recognize and understand a specific type of acne, and treat it according to the requirements.
Let us have a look at some of the most common types of acne in existence:
A Whitehead is perhaps the most commonly seen acne. In medical terms, a Whitehead is popular by the term “Closed Comedo”. A small white head comes out on the skin when the pore under it accumulates sebum or oils. The reason this acne is white is that the clogged pore on the skin does not get air, and as result, turns white due to the lack of oxidation.
Like a whitehead, blackheads are also non-inflamed clogged pores. In medical terms, blackheads are popular by the term “Open Comedo”. This means that the tops of blackheads are open and therefore, their exposure to air is high. The air oxidizes the sebum and keratin, and as a result, turns the affected pores black.
A papule is a firm, small and cone-shaped bump that is either red or pink in color. When a Whitehead gets irritated (mainly because of too much finger touches), it swells up and gets inflamed. In short, a papule is an inflamed whitehead. Initially, there is no pus inside a papule. However, it can get filled with pus later on and become a pustule.
As I pointed out earlier, a pustule is a hard, pus-filled papule. Normally, its color is red with a defining yellow or white center. The yellow or white color comes from the pus visible inside. Although you might feel tempted to pop a pustule, it is better to consult a dermatologist to have it expressed properly.
Prevention is Better than Cure
You are never 100% secure when it comes to acne. However, you can obviously lessen the occurrences by taking necessary precautions. What are these precautions?
You need to consider Google as your best friend. It can help you get some valuable information about your skin. Based on the information you receive, you can buy acne treatment and skin care products. As oil or sebum accumulation is a major cause behind acne formation, you need to clean your face when you get a chance. It is also important to eat fresh and healthy foods (leafy vegetables in particular). You must also know how to use the dermatology EHR software, so that it becomes easy to support your skin care regimen from your Smartphone or Tablet.