How to Find Your Acne Type

Not all acne is created equal. If you’re an acne sufferer, it’s a good idea to determine what type of acne you have before you choose a treatment plan. Use the below symptom guide to assess your acne and try to determine your acne type.

To begin, acne is generally separated into two categories: inflammatory acne and non-inflammatory acne. Within these categories, there are many acne subtypes, including:

  • Whiteheads (non-inflammatory)
  • Blackheads (non-inflammatory)
  • Pustules (inflammatory)
  • Papules (inflammatory)
  • Nodules (inflammatory)
  • Cysts (inflammatory)

Acne sufferers may have multiple types of acne at once, and sometimes one type will clear up while another remains. Most acne is accompanied by an oily skin type, but it’s actually also common to have acne and dry skin at the same time, or areas of oily skin and dry skin, also known as combination skin.

Read on for a description of each acne subtype to help you determine your acne type.

Whiteheads occur when a pore is clogged with excess sebum (aka oil) and dead skin cells. The top of the pore closes and creates a small, white bump that is not red or inflamed.

Blackheads are caused by the exact same process that creates whiteheads. However, the top of the pore remains open, exposing the excess sebum and dead skin cells to the air, which then oxidizes the matter. The result is darkened pigment, creating the dark brown or black color of a blackhead.

Papules are caused by inflammation that leads to the walls around the pores to break down. The pores become hard and tender to the touch, and are clogged with sebum and dead skin cells, as well as bacteria which can worsen the redness and inflammation of a papule.

Pustules likewise form when the walls of the pores break down, but instead of only redness and inflammation, they are also filled with pus. They may be white or yellow and surrounded by a pink or red ring of inflammation.

Nodules are larger than papules or pustules, and extend deeper under the skin. They generally occur when other forms of acne have become irritated. Nodules tend to be painful and difficult to treat because they are so deep within the skin.

Cysts form even deeper within the skin than nodules. Acne cysts can be red or white, and are usually painful and tender. Cystic acne is the most severe form of acne, and usually occurs when other types of acne become severely infected. It’s also the most common cause of acne scarring.

This guide is not meant to take the place of a doctor’s diagnosis. For a formal and official diagnosis, visit your dermatologist.

Treating Acne with ATOPALM

ATOPALM is formulated with sensitive skin types in mind, but it can also be an effective acne treatment. Our star ingredient, Multi-Lamellar Emulsion, aims to repair and protect the skin’s natural barrier. This means that healthy skin functions are able to resume, and your skin can heal itself more thoroughly.

In addition to its healing benefits, ATOPALM can also help target acne by reducing inflammation, calming discomfort, and moisturizing skin after harsh acne treatments. The dryness, flaking, and ashiness associated with strong acne treatments can be combated with MLE, and the surrounding skin will become healthier at the same time.

Lastly, ATOPALM is the perfect treatment for dry skin with acne. Areas of dryness will be sufficiently moisturized while acne blemishes are soothed and healed.

When you consider your acne treatment regimen, consider starting with ATOPALM or adding it to your overall acne care lineup for complete skin care created with healthy skin in mind.

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