Acne is a common condition for oily skin. When left untreated, acute acne may significantly lead to scarring. Depending on individual needs, there are various ways to control acne and reduce acne scars to achieve a smoother and blemish free complexion.
Blackheads and whiteheads
They are simply clogged pores that are not inflamed. They can be seen blocked below the surface of the skin. Oil, dead skin cells and bacteria accumulate and block pores that result to small bumps in the surface of the face. Easily treatable since they are not inflamed and do not need any serious medication.
Papules and pustules
Inflamed acne starts when a clogged pore grows irritated and becomes inflamed. It swells, appears reddish, and is painful.
They are inflamed lesions that are generally filled with pus. They may appear white or yellow in colour, and popping pustules can lead to acne scarring
Nodules are another type of inflammatory acne lesions that develop under the skin. It can be seen as large, hard, painful bumps that embed under the skin surface during the later stages of acne breakouts. They look like papules but they are larger, raw and painful to touch. They generally do not contain pus. It can last long for weeks or months, difficult to treat, and it causes dark acne scars.
They are a severe form of acne lesion that are inflamed and filled with pus when oil ducts and pores become clogged and rupture. They are generally painful and require professional medical treatment.