Clear Your Skin: A Guide to Understanding the 4 Types of Acne

Teenage,Girl,With,Acne,Problem,On,Beige,Background,,Closeup Acne is more common than you might think, and it’s not just for teenagers, either. Healthy skin is possible for everyone, though for some, it may be necessary to enlist the help of a dermatologist. At Norcal Dermatology Group, it’s possible to overcome acne by understanding more about how it’s caused and getting a treatment plan that is tailored specifically to you.

Acne can not only affect your confidence, but it can also be painful. For some, it develops only on the oiliest parts of the face, but for others, it can be on the scalp, across the back, and on other parts of the body.

The Four Types of Acne

  • Fungal: Fungal acne will build up within your hair follicles and lead to inflammation and itchiness.
  • Cystic: Cystic acne is typically characterized by large breakouts of pimples and nodules that are deep and pus-filled. When left untreated, it can also lead to significant scarring.
  • Hormonal: Teens and adults with hormonal imbalances can overproduce sebum, leading to clogged pores. Once the pores are clogged, you’re likely to encounter breakouts.
  • Nodular: Nodular acne is one of the more severe forms that can produce pimples across the surface of the skin, along with lumps under the skin that are tender to the touch.

It may not be possible to know what kind of acne you’re dealing with until you speak with a professional. The good news is that once you know more about your acne, it’s possible to get the right treatment. An experienced dermatologist can provide valuable insights into lifestyle and skincare routines and changes that may help prevent future outbreaks.

Keep Your Skin Clear

There’s no reason to go through life feeling uncomfortable about your skin’s appearance. When you feel as though you’ve tried every over-the-counter product and you’re not getting the results you want, it’s time to discuss options with a dermatologist.

You can schedule an appointment online with the Norcal Dermatology Group to discuss a daily routine as well as a treatment that can provide you with relief. You can also call 510-646-8065 to ask questions or get your appointment scheduled.


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