Knowing the different types of acne you may have can be a key piece of the puzzle towards clear skin. In general, acne and all of its variations are caused by oxidized sebum and clogged pores.
Here is a list of the main types of acne and a little bit of information on what causes them.
Blackheads are another acne type and are almost identical to whiteheads in that they are non-inflamed clogged pores. The only difference is that with blackheads, the blocked pore remains open instead of closed. If a blocked pore’s top is open, the pore is exposed to air where the lodged sebum and keratin are oxidized, turning the whole thing black. Like whiteheads, blackheads are caused by trapped oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria in pores.
Nodules / Cysts:
There are other types of acne as well, but this covers the most common types you are likely to encounter. Most acne can be helped if not completely cleared up using a more natural approach than your doctor or dermatologist would recommend. Despite common belief, diet does play a big role in acne. So does genetics, stress and hormones. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and if it is unhappy, there is a reason for it. Most acne treatments today try and treat the symptom (the actual pimple) or bacteria, and not the problem that is causing the acne. Acne is not caused by a dirty face! Many acne sufferers of all types of acne have vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Some of the common deficiencies are vitamin A, C, D, E, zinc and magnesium. By supplementing with the proper amounts and ratios of vitamins and minerals you can have a dramatic effect on your acne and overall skin health.