Before any acne treatment its vital to identify what type of acne we are treating.
When we have an acne breakout, we all want to find the quickest and most efficient way to treat it - but as most acne sufferers will know, not every type of acne is the same, and should not necessarily be treated in the same way.
Sometimes, the way that you should treat one form of acne could aggravate another, which is why it is very important to determine what form of acne you have.
Below you will find some information that should help to categorise your type of skin condition, but it is advised that you see a specialised doctor or practitioner that can medically diagnose and identify the type of acne that you are suffering with.
Adult Acne – Adult Acne is the general term that refers to any type of acne that continues into or begins in your adult years. Adult Acne is not necessarily different from juvenile or adolescent acne.
Body Acne – Body Acne is the term that refers to acne that is not found on the facial area, and most commonly flares up on the back or chest. Body Acne can be any type of acne, but is commonly seen in the form of whiteheads or acne vulgaris.
Whiteheads are formed when oil, sebum and dead skin cells are clogged together within the hair follicles. The plugged hair follicles combined with bacteria are what can cause the acne breakouts. Whiteheads are not exposed to oxygen, and so appear yellow or white. Because they are not exposed to oxygen they are referred to as closed comedones.
Blackheads are open acne lesions found on the skin’s surface that have a small, darkened surface that looks almost like a little grain of dirt within the pimple. Blackheads have this dark surface because they are exposed to oxygen, and are medically referred to as open comedones. They are formed when sebum, oils and dead skin cells clog within the hair follicles. When bacteria collects within the plugged follicles, this is the perfect environment for the acne to thrive and usually results in a breakout.
Pustules and Papules – When our pores are inflamed and irritated, sometimes their walls can break. When this happens, larger pimples and lesions can form; these pimples are referred to as pustules or papules. Pustules are a bit like blisters and are filled with liquid pus. Papules are harder than pustules and tend to collect close to each other. A group of papules can feel very dry and rough on your skin.
Acne Vulgaris is often seen on the face and back, and is the name given to acne that appears as pus filled pimples (medically referred to as pustules). Acne Vulgaris can appear along with cystic acne, blackheads and papules, and the pimples will often ooze or discharge whitish pus.
Cystic Acne – Cystic Acne is the name for acne infections or nodules that remain below the surface of the skin, and don’t discharge any infected substance, but remain as a deep infected lesion. Nodules is the term used for hard infected areas, but cysts contain pus and are usually softer. Cystic Acne can be extremely painful; it often causes acne scarring and the infected areas can take a long time to heal. Blackheads and whiteheads are often found alongside cystic acne infections.
Acne Rosacea is the term given to a combination of rosacea (a skin condition characterized by periodic redness of the skin) and acne. Rosacea is usually found on the face, and can be aggressive around the nose and on the cheeks. When rosacea is particularly severe or advanced, the redness can be followed by flaky or crusty skin.
The best method to treat your acne will be determined by what type of acne you are suffering with, and whether it is mild, moderate or severe. It is strongly advised that you book a consultation with a well-qualified medical professional who can recommend the best treatment plan for you. Mild acne is often tackled with topical treatments such as cream or gels.
Moderate to severe acne can be treated with topical solutions too, but may also require oral medications such as antibiotics.
If you have tried to treat your acne with topical and oral medications without success, then TheraClear could be the perfect solution for you. TheraClear provides the latest technology in the treatment of acne. Using a vacuum technique, TheraClear opens and unblocks the pores. The second part of the TheraClear treatment destroys the bacteria and targets the sebaceous gland through the delivery of light technology. TheraClear can be used alongside many other treatments for acne, and achieves impressive results in just 4-6 treatment sessions.