Whether you are fortunate to have clear skin or fighting in the battle against acne, Skinsight would like to enlighten you about acne and the different kinds that are out there. Believe it or not there are different types of acne affecting a wide variety of people every day, such as picker’s acne, rosacea, and acne keloidalis nuchae. For acne awareness month, we have special articles, slide shows, and discussion forums dedicated to the skin condition that affects over 85% of Americans at some point.
Brief Overview of
- Acne Vulgaris - Acne, or acne vulgaris, is known by most as the “teenage curse” that we wish could be cured by a fairy godmother with her magic wand. One of the main causes of acne is sebum, or the overproduction of normal oil on the skin due to hormones. The most common locations of acne are the face, neck, chest, and back. Even though there isn’t one cause or a single cure for acne, practicing good skin care routine and eating a good diet can help prevent further breakouts.
- Acne Excoriée - Acne excoriée, or “picker’s acne,” is caused by squeezing and scratching of acne lesions and results in scabs and scars. Adolescent girls most commonly are affected by the unfavorable scarring, both physically and emotionally. There is no cure for acne, but practicing good skin care routine and eating a good diet can help prevent further breakouts.
- Rosacea - Rosacea, or adult acne, is a chronic inflammation of the face of unknown cause and without a permanent cure. A major trigger of rosacea is things that increase face blood flow, such as sunlight, spicy foods, alchol, exercise, and emotional stress. There are four types of rosacea, “red face” rosacea, “acne”-like bumps and/or pus-filled lesions, phinophyma, and eye problems. One way to treat and prevent further breakouts is minimizing activities that may trigger an outbreak.
- Acne Keloidalis Nuchae - Acne keloidalis nuchae, or keloidal folliculitis or nuchal keloidal acne, is a chronic skin condition characterized by inflamed bumps and scars on the back of the neck. Most commonly found in young adult men of African descent, this skin condition is very rarely seen in people prior to puberty or after middle age. Even though it is not related to common acne, acne keloidalis nuchae can initially appear as acne-like lesions of inflamed hair follicles, and if left untreated can result in large scars.