Acne Types

Acne Types and Acne Causes

Acne Types and Acne Causes

When we enter new clients into our clear skin program, we first have to determine what type of acne they have in order to start the best course of action for their journey to clear skin.  This may also help you, my readers who may be dealing with acne or have in the past, or care about someone with it to understand the condition a bit better!

Acne Types

 While there are differences in acne clinical categories, in general, there are 2 main types of acne, inflamed and non-inflamed.

 Inflamed acne generally is marked by redness, and inflammation.  From inflamed pustules to even deep and painful cysts, this type of acne can be painful and the most disfiguring.                                  

Non-inflamed acne is generally seen in clusters of small bumps, black heads and congestion.  They may or may not have some redness or white heads, but are generally not painful.  On the other hand it is often found in clusters and can give an uncomfortable very bumpy texture to the skin and still cause scarring.             

Acne Causes


You may have heard me say this before, and you will hear me say this again and again, but acne is not a bacterial infection.  The P.acne bacterium is not the root cause of acne.  The overgrowth of the bacterium is a side effect.  The root cause of acne is something called retention hyperkeratosis.                                               This is where the cell lining of the pores overshed, creating clogs.  The clogs then lead to a lack of oxygen in the pore where the p.acne will THEN proliferate.
 P.acne bacteria is a normal part of every human's skin microbiome, yet not every human deals with acne. 

      People with more moderate to severe acne in general are genetically prone to having more sensitivity to the different triggers that cause the cell lining in their pores to over shed.   These triggers involve hormone altering medications, certain foods, topical products and lifestyle triggers.                                                      People not genetically prone to acne may still experience breakouts and moderate cases of acne, but this is almost always due to products they are using that are over clogging their pores, or medications such as birth control that can alter hormones.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             In Conclusion   

No matter what type of acne someone has, in order to get clear, we have to stop treating it as a bacterial infection.  Anti-biotics may give temporary anti-inflammatory benefits, but will only be temporary and not come without other side effects.  The best treatment is to determine the acne type and skin history to see if they're genetically prone or just using something that's causing them to break out.  With that we can build a proper course of action.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        



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