Wonder why is it a herculean task to get rid of blemishes and scars from your face? The answer is different types of acne – It keeps making appearances when we least expect it! Acne prone skin is caused due to clogging of pores, hormonal changes, stress, lack of sleep etc. Acne is divided into two types – inflammatory and non-inflammatory acne. Let’s understand why some acne is difficult to treat than others.
Blackheads and whiteheads fall under this category. It results due to excess oil secretion, mixed with dust and bacteria that clogs the pores all the way through. This type of acne respond to OTC (Over-the-counter) treatments which in turn exfoliates the skin and removes dead skin cells resulting in regeneration of new and healthy skin.
This type includes pustules, papules, cysts, and nodular acne. Papules and pustules occur when the walls around the skin breaks because of severe inflammation. Papules makes the pores hard, resulting in pinkish coloured pimples. Pustules carry pus in them making the pimple red in colour along with a yellowish surface. These are moderately severe acne and can be treated with OTC acne treatment creams or if they have covered majority of the surface of the face, a dermatologically prescribed treatment may be required.
Nodules and cysts on the other hand are the most severe forms of acne and are deeper underneath the skin’s surface because the clogged pores undergo further irritation and grow larger under the skin surface. Since nodules and cysts are lodged deep into the skin, it is hard to cure them quickly. Dermatologists sometimes have to drain the nodules using hands or with a laser, use chemical peels to remove the outer layer of the skin. Cysts require multiple medications and treatments to start showing results.
Severe forms of acne take longer time to cure because of the inflammation, skin damage and sensitive surface.
What can you do?
Experts say, “Acne has no cure yet, but we can control the symptoms”.
Maintain a healthy lifestyle and add leafy veggies, fruits to your every meal. Hydration is necessary for blood circulation so don’t forget to drink lots of fluids. To control acne, use products with salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide and retinol in your daily skincare routine. Avoid too many varieties of skincare products at the same time.
Lastly, practice living a happy, stress-free and healthy lifestyle.