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Knowing Types of Acne Can Assist With Treatment

Aug 18, 2007
Many people who suffer from acne don't even know they have it until the condition has progressed significantly. It is important to talk to your doctor if you start to notice difficult to get rid of spots or pimples in order for you to start the treatment process early.

It is a fact that some people seem to suffer from acne more often than others do, having said that it is possible that most people have suffered from it at one point in their life and have probably been afflicted by the unsightly, often embarrassing signs of the various types of acne. These can range from mild acne and be in the form of blackheads and whiteheads or could be the most severe type, cystic acne, which is a cyst near the skins surface with the bacteria lodged deep.

If we are to prevent or cure acne, we have to be able through acne awareness, to recognize the various types of acne and also what causes the condition to form. We also need to know what treatment works, as it may not work on all types, as in some cases it is possible to aggravate the problem rather than helping to cure it.

Typically acne will start as a small lesion or spot on the skin then as the bacteria develops under the skin it turns into a a blackhead or whitehead, which can be removed by keeping it very clean or in persistent situations, by squeezing.

A more persistent and inflammatory condition, which is often referred to as pimples, results in a raised bump on the skin of varying sizes and often contains pus. Out of all he different types of acne cystic acne rates as the most severe; unfortunately this can easily be confused with a pimple. The major difference is that the pus contains bacteria which is embedded deep under the skin and they are painful to the touch. Fortunately they tend not to appear on the face, but are extremely common on the back and neck. The best way to prevent aggravating the cyst, is to wear light clothing which will allow the blemish to heal. The urge to squeeze them should be resisted as it usually results in intensifying the pain and pushing the bacteria deeper under the skin.

Acne Does Not Discriminate By Gender Or Age

It doesn't matter whether you are old or young as with many types of acne there is little restriction by age or gender of who will suffer from it. Cystic acne is usually associated with teenagers when hormonal changes are rapid and almost constant, however acne has been known to return later in life and sufferers have also been known to have acne into middle age for no apparent reason.

It is generally presumed that certain types of acne are the result of the appearance of abnormal levels of testosterone, and eventually results in the disappearance of the problem, as the sufferer grows older, however the condition can even persist as the person matures. Common causes of many types of acne include oily skin, the use of oil-based cosmetics and hormonal changes which could be due to a variety of reasons.

There are many types of acne medications available over-the-counter but without knowing the type of acne that is appearing, finding the best acne skin care product can be difficult.

As you can see, the problem of acne is not uncommon and there are steps that can be taken to make your life a lost easier when dealing with it.
About the Author
Arnold Hexden is known for his interesting articles on many subjects.You can read more about acne on his website: The Acne Report which is at http://www.theacnereport.com.
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