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Acne Symptoms

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Acne has 4 overt types of symptoms all visible as they rise up to the skin’s surface.  Listed below are the types of acne, their symptoms and description.

Blackheads – These are sebum that got trapped in the pores and have turned black not because of dirt accumulation but due to the oxidization of the pores from the skin pigment when the pores open up. Blackheads are the most common types of acne.

Whiteheads – Whiteheads are blackheads that have not been oxidized solely because the pores have not opened up. Whiteheads should not be popped out as this will cause skin breakage.

Pustules – This is acne where the pores have filled up with pus making the skin surface look like a “volcano” or a “balloon.” The pus is whitish yellow in color and typically will form a yellow ‘head’ when the acne starts to heal. Since pustules contain pus, they are painful when touched.

Nodules – These types of acne are severely painful and they tend to get deep into the skin layers often resulting in scars.  Nodules usually take the form of large lumps and are the most common signs of severe acne – they also often appear in clumps and disfigure the skin.

Dr. Jack Handlin is an experienced acupuncturist, Chinese herbalist and oriental reproductive medicine specialist at Tree of Life Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine in Bellevue, WA.

Written by Valerie

December 9th, 2013 at 2:35 am

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