There are all different kinds of blemishes. You might call them all pimples or zits, but that's not necessarily the case. It's important to identify all the different skin problems from which you might suffer from time to time, so you can better combat them. A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that all blemishes are acne, or else they don't distinguish between the different types of acne. It's important to know the facts, because by clearing up any misconceptions about different types of blemishes, you'll be in a better position to clear up your skin.
Of all the different kinds of blemishes, papules are actually one of the most common. They're simply pimples, although if you've ever suffered from them, you know they're anything but “simple.” Whether you know them as pimples or papules, they occur when your oil, or sebaceous, glands get all clogged up with dirt, debris, dead skin cells, and bacteria. When this happens, infection sets in, and that's when the pimple forms. There are ways to get rid of them, from over-the-counter remedies containing benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or lactic acid, to steam, to certain natural treatments, like facial masks.
Blackheads, sometimes known as comedones, are actually a type of acne, commonly known as acne vulgaris. They're often mistaken as dirt because, as the name suggests, the heads look like small black spots. They get their color when your skin's pigments react with the air. It's tempting to pop or pick these bumps because they're a less intense, different kind of blemish. However, as with any other skin problem, picking or popping blackheads is a bad idea. Not only will doing so leave scars, but you can actually, easily make the bumps worse, causing them to get infected and swell. Try to stay away from moisturizers, lotions, and makeup products that contain oil, and make sure you exfoliate your skin to get rid of them.
While blackheads pop up when your pores are just a little blocked, whiteheads appear when there's a total block. As with all the different kinds of blemishes, a combination of dirt, dead skin cells, oil, and other debris fill the affected pore or pores, resulting in a white-colored head. The good news is that it's easier to get rid of whiteheads, and they're also faster to heal. Again, certain OTC treatments, natural treatments, exfoliation, or steam can all do the trick.
Pustules are also known as cysts, but a lot of people simply refer to them as zits. They show up as lumps, they tend to be rather large, and they look incredibly red and inflamed. They, too, have a white appearance, caused by an excess of pus caused by a mixture of debris, dirt, and oil. Never, ever squeeze pustules. It's not a great idea to just leave them alone, either. They respond better to topical creams and antibiotics, medications, benzoyl peroxide, and things of that nature. Hot compresses make a difference as well.
Acne often takes the form of different skin problems, such as rosacea. These blemishes don't look like typical zits or pimples. Instead, they appear as a rash, very read in appearance. Rosacea tends to show up on the nose, the forehead, the chin, and the cheeks, whereas many of these other skin issues can also show up on different parts of the body. You'll probably want to talk to a doctor or dermatologist in order to come up with affective, safe treatment options.
Out of all the different kinds of blemishes, cystic acne is one of the most painful. It is also a form of acne vulgaris, but it's incredibly severe. The cysts are soft and filled with pus, they're usually as large as 5 mm across, and they're very painful. Again, it's best to talk to your doctor about the best ways to treat cystic acne, as it's one of the hardest types of acne to treat.
Nodules are quite severe as well. Unlike the bumps that occur with cystic acne, nodules are hard and they pop up beneath the surface of the skin. Because of their placement, they can stay in place for long periods of time. If you have nodular acne, then you must talk to a doctor or dermatologist. If left alone, they can not only leave scars, but also show up over and over again. However, a professional has several effective treatments that can bring you relief.
Knowing the different kinds of blemishes is essential to getting rid of them. Whiteheads and blackheads require different remedies than pimples. While they can often be treated by over-the-counter remedies, cystic acne and other severe blemishes, as stated, may require help from a dermatologist and/or prescription medication. However, you can improve your skin – just keep reading! Why types of blemishes give you the most trouble? If you need help treating them, remember that we're here to help you!
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