What is Acne Vulgaris?
If you suffer from acne vulgaris, you’re not alone. Acne vulgaris is the most frequent type of acne. It causes many kinds of skin problems that you’d probably like to avoid if you want clear, smooth skin.
Mild to moderate acne vulgaris is characterized by the following symptoms.
- Whiteheads are caused by a blocked pore that traps facial oils, dead skin cells and bacteria. Whiteheads don’t last as long as other acne-caused skin problems. You can pop the white tip of the whitehead, but it will usually pop on its own.
- Blackheads are similar to whiteheads, but the pore is only partly closed. The oils, dead skin and bacteria slowly drain from the pore to the surface of the skin. You probably think the dark color of the blackhead is caused by dirt, but that’s not true. The black coloring is pigment that is affected by air. Blackheads take longer to eliminate than whiteheads because they are more stable.
- Pustules are inflamed whiteheads. They are larger and have a white or yellow head. Pustules are the normal type of pimples frequently experienced by many teenagers and young adults.
- Papules are small, red, painful bumps. Papules cannot be popped. In fact, popping a papule can cause scarring on your face.
More severe cases of acne vulgaris are typified by nodules and cysts.
- Nodules are bigger than papules or pustules. They’re usually very painful and have a longer lifespan. A nodule can last for months. It is beneath the surface of the skin and cannot be popped. Don’t try to relieve one on your own. That can worsen the situation and make the nodule last far longer than normal. Dermatologists are best equipped to deal with a nodule. They can reduce the swelling and prevent excessive scarring.
- Cysts look like nodules, but they’re larger and filled with pus. Like nodules, cysts are painful and shouldn’t be popped. If you try to pop a cyst, you’re likely to force the infection deeper. That causes even more pain and increases the likelihood of scarring. It’s best to have a cyst treated by a dermatologist.
In the past, treatment options for acne vulgaris were limited. These days, AlluraDerm MD Med Spa employs modern treatments for all types of acne lesions, including prescription medication and skincare, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and photodynamic therapy. Depending on the severity, we can also utilize Omnilux® and Aramis® lasers to treat your acne.
A consultation will allow us to determine the best course to control your acne. Contact us at 505-821-9630 today to set up an appointment.