Types of Acne

Acne is the most chronic and common skin disorder in the world. There are different types of acne common among younger adults who become vulnerable and sensitive psychologically.

Especially under immense social pressure and self perception. The impact it has on a sufferer’s psyche cannot be under estimated.

There is an increasing number of adults in their 30s or 40s suffering form the different types of acne. They also suffer from the social, physical and psychological trauma.

It is very important to understand the different types of acne in order to tackle the chronic skin condition. Acne ranges from mild to severe and is commonly found on the face, chest or back.

1. Baby Acne:

Neonatal Acne – This is triggered by the stimulation of a newborn baby’s sebaceous glands by the mother’s hormones. It is also known as acne neonatorum. This is commonly found on the cheeks of a new born baby but can also be found on the chin, forehead and back.

The outbreaks may look like small whiteheads or adult pimples with reddish fleshy appearance. It becomes worse when the baby’s skin is irritated due to spit up milk or saliva, harsh detergent washed clothing , increased blood flow to the skin or an over heated condition.

2. Teenage Acne:

This skin condition, sometimes referred to as teen acne, has an effect on the majority of teenagers going through puberty physically, mentally and psychologically.

The skin problem is as a result of the the body’s hormones within the sebaceous glands to create more natural oil called sebum. The sebum moves through the hair follicles and open skin pores to the outer layer of the skin where it is purged on to the skin.

The combination of the natural oil and skin cells trigger the infestation of bacteria to develop and grow in the hair follicle and skin pore. As a result of this the pore gets clogged up and acne emerges. Otherwise the bacteria normally live on the skin.

Acne breakouts can take place on the back, chest, face, neck and shoulders. Acne research has shown that acne does not pose any severe health risk, however, acne can result in permanent scarring.

3. Adult Acne:

Contrary to the general belief that only teenagers have acne, people in there adulthood have break outs as well. This could be as a result of the environment, food or stress.

The stress hormones like cortisol, norepinephrine and the growth homone-GH are typically released when stress levels are high. Therefore, this could potentially cause active impactions and comedones to collapse, after which it may become irritated, swollen and develop into postules or red-coloured nodules.

Doctors all over the world recognize acne is one of the biggest skin problems that affects adults of any age group, race or sex. Hundreds of millions of people across the world are affected. 50% of adult women and 25% of adult men experience acne outbreaks at some point in their lives.

4. Body Acne:

The majority of acne sufferers generally suffer from acne breakouts around the face and are unaware of ‘body acne’, what it is and the difference from other types of acne. If you suffer from facial acne outbreaks it is very likely that you will experience body acne.

It can be genetic. It can breakout anywhere on the body apart from the soles of the feet or the palms of the hands, simply because the sole and palm do not have sebaceous follicles to accommodate acne.

5. Back Acne:

Back acne also referred to as Bacne usually shows up around the buttocks, upper arms, and the back in the form of breakouts – whiteheads, blackheads, pustules, cysts or pimples.

Back Acne can be much more harder to treat than facial acne because it is often deep and highly inflamed. This results in severe cystic, nodular or vulgar breakouts.

Other Types of Severe Acne include:

  • Acne fulminans
  • Gram negative folliculitis
  • Acne conglobata
  • Nodulocystic acne
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