Acne is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that leads to spots and pimples, especially on the face, shoulders, back, neck, chest, and upper arms. The first step in any successful treatment is what type of acne you are dealing with. Thus, read on to see what type of acne you have.

Types of Acne



Blackheads are the result of natural processes that occur within the skin. To know how to get rid of blackheads, it’s vital to understand what blackheads are and what causes them.

It typically begins with clogged hair follicles (“pores”). Including your face, there are millions of hair follicles on the body. Each of these follicles contains one hair and a sebaceous gland that produces oil to help preserve your skin soft. When the skin shacks dead skin cells, they can get into the follicle, blend with the oil and form a plug that pushes to the surface and forms a bump termed as comedones.

A blackhead arises when the skin around the bump opens and air gets in. That causes the oil to turn gray or black.


Whiteheads are one of the mildest forms of acne and are generally curable with proper skincare habits and a topical whitehead treatment. In whiteheads, the pore is enclosed by a thin layer of skin that traps the plug below the surface. As the plug is not exposed to air it remains white or occasionally a yellowish color (the natural color of oil and dead skin cells), which is why it is termed as a “whitehead.”

Inflammatory Acne

When a pore clogs bacterium multiplies in the pore, the immune system reacts by sending in white blood cells to fight the infection. The surrounding area becomes inflamed, red and swollen. This is called inflammatory acne. It is different from blackheads or whiteheads, which are not characterized by redness and inflammation. Papules and Pustules are the two common types of inflammatory acne.

Small pink or red dome-shaped bumps that are easy to see on the skin are called papules. They have distinct borders and can appear in a variety of shapes, most frequently on the face.

The medical term for a classic pimple is a pustule. Pustules are filled with yellowish liquid pus forming a yellow or white center.


If you have got a face occupied by large, red, inflamed blemishes that seem to last for months, chances are you have got a form of severe acne, which may be nodules or cysts. These are the sign of a deeper condition than your average acne type and can cause more severe and lasting damage to your skin if left untreated.


Listed below are some of the most common causes of acne:

Hormones – Acne is triggered by hormones that are present in both sexes. The oil surplus created by these hormones is contributory in clogging the hair follicles. In women, hormonal changes occur with puberty, menstrual periods, use of birth control pills, pregnancy, menopause, and polycystic ovarian syndrome, and each of these is a probable phase for developing acne.

Genetics – Heredity is also responsible for the growth of acne.

Medications – Certain medications can cause severe outbreaks of acne.

Diet – Many patients see an increase in acne after too much intake of spicy foods, caffeine, excessive sweets, alcohol, chocolates, red meat, corn, etc.

Cosmetics – Some cosmetics used over a long period of time cause acne. Moisturizers, face creams, foundation creams, overnight creams and are known to cause harm.

Homeopathic treatment for acne

The homeopathic medicines for acne can remove outbreaks over a period of time, stop further eruptions and slowly give you glowing skin.

The homeopathic treatment for acne looks at the individuality of the person; it not only examines the symptoms, but also the personality and temperament of the individual, without restricting itself to treating the outward symptoms.

Jose Valdez

The author Jose Valdez