Types of Acne

We offer a comprehensive selection of leading acne treatments to reduce and eliminate breakouts on the face and body. To help you better understand your options, we have provided some additional information on the various types of acne that can develop on the face and body. Some patients may have more than one type. We will tailor your treatment plan to best address your needs and goals, and this approach often includes multiple techniques to achieve the most successful outcome possible.

Acne Conglobata

Considered to be one of the most severe types of acne, acne conglobata is a condition that affects both men and women, typically in adolescence and early adulthood. Recognizable by the large, interconnected skin lesions, this category of acne can be painful in addition to causing discomfort or feelings of insecurity due to its appearance. Acne conglobata is most commonly found on the face, chest, upper arms, thighs, and buttocks. Though rare, this form of acne generally causes lasting skin damage and permanent scars. If you believe you may have acne conglobata, our skilled family physician, Dr. Shehla Ebrahim, can diagnose your condition and develop a customized treatment plan to help relieve your symptoms.

Acne Pustule

A form of inflamed blemish, acne pustules feature a swollen whitehead surrounded by a ring of red skin. Typically filled with yellow or white pus, which contains oil, debris, and bacteria, this blister-like pustule often requires very little prodding to pop. However, squeezing pimples can extend the life of the blemish, introduce more bacteria into the pore or push existing bacteria deeper, or even cause a permanent scar or mark to develop. If acne pustules are negatively impacting your life, Dr. Ebrahim offers a variety of treatments that can help minimize breakouts and improve your skin tone and texture.

Acne Papules

Smaller in size compared to the more severe acne condition called pustules, acne papules are also reddish or pink-colored bumps found on the skin, although they do not usually feature a whitehead. Unfortunately, these blemishes often can be sensitive to the touch, and attempting to squeeze or pop them will likely lead to increased inflammation, an extended healing period, and potentially permanent scars. Papules can develop singly or in groups, the latter of which may indicate a moderate to severe case of acne. To help relieve the physical and emotional discomfort typically associated with papules, Dr. Ebrahim performs a number of innovative treatments that can help to clear the skin and reduce the likelihood of future breakouts.

Acne Rosacea

Characterized by red inflammation of the skin combined with pimples, acne rosacea is a blend of two skin conditions: rosacea and acne. Most commonly located on the cheeks and nose, as well as occasionally on the forehead and chin, acne rosacea often involves severe flare-ups wherein the face becomes flushed, breakouts develop, and skin can appear crusty and begin flaking. Rosacea is a separate condition from acne rosacea, and a misdiagnosis can result in ineffective treatment. If you’re experiencing symptoms similar to acne rosacea, Dr. Ebrahim can examine your anatomic indicators and form an accurate diagnosis.

Acne Scars

Even after acne has cleared, the healed blemishes can leave behind marks of their visit in the form of pigmentation changes, indentations, and other signs of scarring. These effects may fade over time or become permanent. If less than one year has elapsed, a red or hyper-pigmented lesion may still be in the process of healing and may require further treatment. However, long-lasting marks that have existed beyond 12 months require a different approach to effectively clear. At our practice, Dr. Ebrahim employs a variety of advanced methods to improve the texture and tone of your skin and reduce the appearance of acne scars. The appropriate modality will be selected based upon the severity of your condition, and the strength of the treatment will be increased as necessary to achieve the best possible outcome.

Adult Acne

While typically associated with adolescence, acne can begin or continue well into adulthood for many people. Unfortunately, there is often an additional stigma attached to blemishes that occur as an adult due to the condition being seen as a teenage issue. The type and cause of adult acne often is the same as juvenile acne and can include acne vulgaris, acne pustules, acne conglobata, acne papules, and other forms.

Body Acne

As the name suggests, body acne occurs below the chin, most commonly on the chest and back but also on the neck, arms, thighs, and buttocks. Any form of acne can develop on the body; however, acne vulgaris, the most basic type of blemish, or acne pustules, featuring whiteheads, are generally the most frequently occurring. If you experience breakouts on your face, you are more likely to have body acne as well, though some individuals only have blemishes in one area or another. Acne in both locations usually develops as a result of similar causes, although lesions on the body tend to be larger, more painful, and more severe due to the comparatively thicker skin and larger pores found in these regions.

Dr. Ebrahim is happy to consult with clients through the Dermatology Referral clinic at Ambleside Dermedics.

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