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Types of Acne

There are different types of acne lesions:


  • Comedones

  • Pustules

  • Papules

  • Cysts or nodules


Comedones can be open (blackheads) or closed (whiteheads). Blackheads occur when hair follicles are partially blocked by sebum-oil, bacteria and dead skin cells. The dark color is not dirt, but because the sebum oxidizes and takes on a black color. Whiteheads occur when pores are completely blocked


Pustules, often called "pimples" or "zits", are inflamed lesions that occur as the result of clogged pores.  They have a collection of pus consisting of white blood cells and the bacteria they are fighting

Papules are red inflamed bumps without pus


Cystic acne, or acne nodules, characterize a more severe form of acne and appear as large, painful bumps under the skin’s surface.  These frequently cause acne scarring

Acne can affect different areas of the body:

There are conditions which look similar to acne:

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Causes of Acne

Causes include diet, stress, and hormones


Acne Treatment and Prevention

We can help treat your acne 

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Acne Scarring-Chemical Peels

Decrease scarring

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