Types of Acne

Did you know Acne can be categorized?

Usually the term breakout is used to describe or define all form of acne.

Acne can be categorized into inflammatory acne and non inflammatory acne

caused due to clogged pores :

This can be due to excessive production of sebum. Due to dead skin cells and dirt accumulating on the surface of the skin.

Other very common type of non-inflammatory acne are ;

Blackheads and white heads.

Black heads are open comedones.

Blackheads form due to clogging of pores. Pores can be clogged by a combination of sebum and dead skin cells. The top of the pore stays open which causes black heads to form.

Blackheads are easier to treat as they can be easily extracted.

Whiteheads are closed comedones.

Whiteheads also form due to the clogging of pores, white heads generally look like a small white bump as the top of the pore closes up unlike blackheads.

Whiteheads are a little tricky to deal with. Whiteheads can be treated using products with Salicylic acid.

Inflammatory Acne:

Pimples and zits that are red, inflammed and swollen are called Inflammatory acne.

Excessive production of oils, sebum, dead skin cells, clogged pores and bacteria all play a role in acne.

Bacteria + infections can cause deep inflammation in the skin and can be hard to treat.

Types of inflammatory acne


Papules occur when the walls surrounding your pores break down due severe inflammation. This causes hard, clogged pores that are tender to the touch. The area surrounding these pores is usually red and inflammed.


Pustules can also form due to the walls around your pores breaking down. Unlike papules, pustules are filled with pus. These bumps come out from the skin and are usually red in color. You can often spot a yellow or white head on top of a pustule.


Nodules occur when clogged, swollen pores endure further irritation and grow larger. Unlike pustules and papules, nodules are deeper underneath the skin.

Because nodules are so deep within the skin, you can’t typically treat them at home. Prescription medication is necessary to help clear these up.


Cysts can develop when pores are clogged by a combination of bacteria, sebum, and dead skin cells. These clogs occur deeper within the skin and are more below the surface than nodules.

These causes large red or white bumps that are often painful to the touch. Cysts are the largest form of acne, and their formation usually results from a severe infection. This type of acne is most likely to scar.


• Maintain a basic skincare routine.

• Use Products that cater to your skin type and skin concerns.

• Use Products formulated specifically for acne care and repair.

• We recommend consulting a dermatologist if you suffer from cystic acne as cystic acne needs a little more care compared to other forms of acne.

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