Identify Your Condition
Cystic acne includes deep infections that are nodule or cyst-like. The infections do not raise to the surface and do not discharge infectious waste material. With cystic acne blackheads and whiteheads may or may not be present. The infections heal very slowly and scarring is possible.
Whiteheads are composed of lipids/oils and sebum, that combine with cellular fragments. Because whiteheads tend to be more solid than liquid, they plug the hair follicles and grow in size, sometimes developing into painful acne cysts. Milia requires special whitehead products as well as special treatment for whiteheads.
Blackheads are a combination of oils, sebum and cellular fragments that produce firm to hard plugs within hair follicles. Blackheads are open to the skin's surface and become darkened at the surface by exposure to oxygen (oxidation).
Acne Vulgaris infections raise to pustules (pus filled pimples) on the surface of the skin. The pustules usually discharge a thin white pus. You may or may not have Blackheads, cysts and papules present. Acne Vulgaris usually occurs on the face, upper and lower back and upper chest.
Acne rosacea is difficult to treat because it involves the treatment of two different conditions. Some of the ingredients used in many acne rosacea treatments are irritating and inflaming to the skin and may be especially irritating to rosacea.
While adult acne and juvenile acne involve infections generated by the same bacteria, skin conditions with adult acne can be very different requiring different forms of acne products.
In addition to the face, acne may develop on the neck, back, upper legs and buttock. Body acne is relatively easy to control.