Learn how to clear and prevent blackheads without damaging your skin.
- Acne comes in many forms. Knowing which kind you have can help you clear it faster and minimize collateral damage to your skin.
- See redness? That’s a sign of inflammation or possible infection. See a professional skin therapist to avoid scarring or spreading bacteria.
Got a breakout? Knowing what kind it is will help you choose the right product or treatment so you can get rid of it faster without compromising your skin’s health.
Here’s our handy guide to common forms of acne – and how to treat them
|Image||Forms of Acne||Appearance||How to Treat It|
|blackheads||dark, small common in T-zone||either mask, scrub or extractions|
|whiteheads||small, white/ yellow bumps no redness||scrub, leave-on exfoliant with Salicylic Acid|
|milia||hard, small, white bumps||leave-on exfoliant or see dermatologist for extraction|
|papules||pink or red, w/out pus or visible opening||use a leave-on booster that contains Salicylic Acid / Tea Tree Oil|
|pustules||pink/red bums with pus and white tops||use a leave-on booster that contains Salicylic Acid or see skin therapist|
|nodules||bumpy, swollen w/ clustered papules and pustules||see skin therapist for best results|
|cysts||large, widespread bumps or areas w/out visible pus||see skin therapist for best results|
In general, blackheads, whiteheads, papules and pustules are treatable with adjustments to your skin care routine and lifestyle. If you need help, consult a Dermalogica skin therapist for complimentary guidance. If your acne is inflamed (aka red and painful), consider supplementing your efforts with medical advice from a doctor.