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4 Types of Acne and How to Treat Them, Part 1

close up on woman’s nose with acneAcne is the most common dermatological condition in the United States, and it can be extremely frustrating to deal with. It’s a problem that many people can’t seem to get rid of, and the problem is not knowing that there are different types of acne – and different ways to treat each type. Once you discover which type of acne you suffer from, you can find a treatment method that will work for you. In this post we’ll go over the first two types of acne that you can get, and how to treat them.

Comedonal Acne

Comedonal acne is characterized as tiny bumps all over the skin, usually found in your T-zone. This is caused by clogged pores. This type of acne is found in people with a poor skin turnover rate, which can cause oil and wax to become trapped under the skin.

  • How to treat comedonal acne: The best way to get rid of and prevent comedonal acne is to add exfoliation into your skincare routine. If your acne is severe, you may want to see our Colorado dermatology specialists about a prescription retinoid, which can increase your skin turnover rate and exfoliate your skin. You should also look for makeup labeled “non-comedogenic” which means that the makeup will not settle into your pores and clog them.

Inflammatory Acne

This type of acne shows up as red bumps, whitehead, and blackheads and tends to be completely random. This type is difficult to deal with because a breakout can show up anywhere for seemingly no reason. Inflammatory acne can be caused by clogged pores and follicles, and excess oil production.

  • How to treat inflammatory acne: Oil controlling products containing things like tea tree oil, benzoyl peroxide, or salicylic acid tend to work well on this type of acne. These things can be irritating to the skin in large amounts, so monitor your skin’s reaction to these products carefully. You can also ask your dermatologist about prescriptions like Aczone or a prescription retinoid.

One of the most important things you can do with any type of acne is to stick to a consistent skincare routine. Unfortunately, treating acne is a long-term battle, but a consistent routine can help reduce the symptoms and even keep them at bay. Contact our dermatologist today to set up an appointment for your acne treatment, and stay tuned for our next post where we will talk about the other two types of acne and how to treat them.

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