TYPE ONE: NON INFLAMED ACNE
BLACKHEADS AND CLOSED COMEDONES/PEBBLES UNDER THE SKIN
Non inflamed Acne is characterized by congestion of the skin that looks like blackheads and underground pebbles (also known as closed comedones). Non inflamed acne sufferers have very few actual pimples – five or less on each side of the face- and they never become inflamed. Most individuals who suffer from Maturation Arrest Acne(closed comedones/pebbles under the skin) fall into this category. However, there are those with Maturation Arrest Acne that also deal with inflammation. If this is you then consider yourself the type 3, Combination Acne.
Characteristics of Non Inflamed Acne
- Dull sluggish appearance
- Blackheads & underground pebbles most predominant; few or no inflamed pimples
- Tissue congestion
- Skin is generally not sensitive or reactive to products
TYPE TWO: INFLAMED ACNE
INFLAMED PUSTULES AND CYSTS
This type of acne consists of mostly inflamed lesions and is usually quite sensitive, unless you have been using benzoyl peroxide for a long time. The good thing about this type of acne is that it usually responds quickly to proper home care.
Ice and benzoyl peroxide are your best friends!
Characteristics of Inflamed Acne
- Hot/warm to touch
- More pimples, pustules and inflamed lesions with very few non inflamed
- Skin can be sensitive and reactive to products
- May have cystic acne