Many people suffer from acne, but did you know there are many types of acne? Each one requires a different treatment and unique ways of prevention. Here’s what you need to know.

Hormonal Acne

If you get acne around your chin and jawline, around the same each month, it is likely hormonal acne. This is due to fluctuating hormones that cause your skin to produce an abundance of oil. This leads to clogged pores and zits. 

Treatment for hormonal acne usually involves benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. Using this the week prior to your period can help prevent hormonal acne.

Whiteheads & Blackheads

Whiteheads are typical zits with a white dot in the center. Why? Clogged pores. Skin cells tend to stick together inside your pores, and this blocks the opening. Oil gets trapped in the pore and mixes with dirt and bacteria. This creates the red, swollen bump that is a pimple.

Salicylic acid is a great way to remove excess oil and exfoliate the dead cells away from the skin’s surface. This keeps pores clean and clear.

Inflammatory Acne Papules & Pustules

Papules are patches of small red zits that don’t come to a head. This is a type of inflammatory acne caused by an overgrowth of bacteria. Pustules are red, angry-looking pimples filled with a white or yellow liquid. They look like whiteheads, but they are actually inflammatory acne, caused by bacteria.

Both types of acne are best treated with benzoyl peroxide, which kills the bacteria. Remember, popping these pimples can lead to scarring!

Cystic Acne

If you are dealing with several large, very irritated pimples it is likely cystic acne. This is caused by genetics and hormonal stimulation of oil glands in the skin. Cystic acne is tougher to treat than other kinds, but a dermatologist can help you find the right products.

Acne Online Doctor and Treatment

If you are tired of struggling with acne, it’s time to visit the dermatologist. Book a virtual appointment with one of our dermatologists to get started today.