Acne Types

WHAT IS YOUR ACNE TYPE?  

At Art of Skin Care, we break acne into 3 distinct types.  In order to effectively treat your acne you will need to determine which type of acne you have.  For a help understanding the type of acne you have and how to treat it, try an email consultation with one of our Certified Acne Specialists.  It is free with a $50 purchase.  

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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 rarely become inflamed.  

closed comedones or pebbles under the skin

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!

 inflamed acne

Characteristics of Inflamed Acne

  • Redness
  • 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

TYPE THREE

COMBINATION ACNE - INFLAMED AND NON INFLAMED

As the name implies, combination acne is a mixture of the two types of acne outlined above. With Combination Acne, pebbles under the skin easily become inflamed and turn into inflamed lesions.  

combination acne

Characteristics of Combination Acne

  • Redness
  • Hot/warm to touch
  • Pimples, pustules, blackheads and closed comedones (pebbles)
  • May have cysts
  • Skin is can be sensitive and reactive to products