What’s Wrong with Your Skin? 6 Common Types of Acne

In most cases, acne occurs because your skin pores are clogged. Clogged pores usually happen due to hormonal imbalances or excessive bacteria, oil, skin cell production. Due to the numerous types of acne as well as so many treatment options, it can become difficult to choose a suitable treatment option. Fortunately, in this post, we will take a closer look at the six common types of acne and how to treat them through Yonkers anti-aging & functional medicine.

1.      Whiteheads

Whiteheads, also referred to as closed comedones, typically happen when the pores of your skin are completely clogged. When the head of a pore is closed, a tiny white bump emerges on top of your skin. Keep in mind that whiteheads cannot be fixed by popping or squeezing them. If you do, you might end up with scarring.

2.      Blackheads

Unlike whiteheads, blackheads don’t normally create small black pumps on your skin’s surface. Blackheads are known as open comedones, as the head of the pore stays open while the length of the pore is closed. Although blackheads can be fixed by squeezing, it is often not recommended as a treatment option, as it can lead to scarring. Also, avoid using strips to remove blackheads because they can damage the topmost layer of your skin.

  1.     Pustules

Pustules are large bumps with white centers and inflamed skin surrounding them. Pustules normally form when a closed pore gets infected or as a result of hormonal imbalances in your body. Unlike papules, pustules contain pus (yellowish fluid) which can cause the bacteria to spread when squeezed or popped. Additionally, pustules are located on the face, back, or chest.

  1.     Papules

Papules are tiny red bumps created when too much oil or skin cells block a pore and combine with harmful bacteria on your skin called C. acnes or Cutibacterium aces (Propionibacterium acnes). Once the contents in the closed pore spill out, bacteria escape into the surrounding skin tissue, creating an inflamed lesion.

5.      Nodules

Nodular acne typically consists of red or flesh-colored bumps found deep below your skin’s surface. They are often caused by the C. acne bacteria, which triggers a painful infection within the infected pore. Moreover, OTC treatments are only effective on the surface level of the skin, so they cannot treat nodular acne.

6.      Cysts

Cystic acne, the most severe acne fore, is usually caused by a deep infection within your skin. They often appear as large, inflamed, red, pus-filled, and painful bumps. Among the several types of acne, cystic acne is the most difficult to treat.

Available Acne Treatments

For severe acne outbreaks, hormone therapies or antibiotics may be required to fix the condition. Meanwhile, Juvanni MedSpa® manages mild acne cases through:

  • Microdermabrasion
  • Laser treatment
  • Microneedling

With these treatments, your body will produce more collagen and stimulate the structural skin protein to help clear up any appearance of scarring.


If you have mild or severe acne that affects your confidence, the team at MedSpa offers a wide range of solutions to remedy acne and acne scars. You can learn more about the available treatment options by calling the Yonkers office or using the online tool to schedule a consultation with aesthetics specialist Sofia Din, MD.

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