Everyone would like to have clear, radiant, skin. It’s something we believe we can all accomplish with the right kind of skincare regime. But, when acne threatens your hopes you might feel you are fighting an uphill battle. You feel frustrated and discouraged. And if you have a severe case of open comedones you may even begin to feel isolated from peers at school or at work.
However, it doesn’t have to stay that way. Being able to identify the specific problems with your skin can help you when you consult an acne doctor so that you can find out how best to address your own skin condition and get on the road to having clear skin. So, here is some information to get you started.
Comedones are the most widespread forms of acne, and, in fact, almost everyone has at least a few open comedones, more commonly known as blackheads. A closed comedo is usually referred to as a whitehead. And both of these common acne annoyances are essentially the same: a buildup of excess oil and keratin which plug the pore, or the hair follicle.
Because the blackhead is exposed to air, the oil darkens. The whitehead keeps it white or yellowish color because the air does not reach the follicle, so it doesn't oxidize.
Acne that is restricted to this type is typically considered mild to moderate and can often be treated with medicated over-the-counter products. One recommendation is to select a face wash and similar items with salicylic acid in them, as they tend to assist in removing dead skin cells, which block the pores as they pile up, and in reduce inflammation and redness. If you need something stronger, then find a skincare regime using benzyl peroxide, but make sure it has a concentration lower than five percent.
Papules are much more serious, showing up as discolored elevations of the skin, turning brown, purple, or red. They often open if they are scratched and can become scaly or infected. Pustules are usually red or white/yellow in color and may resemble whiteheads, but they tend to appear much larger. A nodule, one of the most severe types of acne, is much the same as a papule, with the elevation and the discoloration, but it is much larger.
Severe cases of acne can be painful. While you should never scratch, pick at, or pop any pimples, or comedones, you may have, as that could cause it to spread and scar your skin, sometimes acne leaves behind serious scars anyway, which is another reason why you should seek treatment with a qualified acne doctor in your local area. There are acne skin treatments available that will get you on the path to beautiful clear skin.
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