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Guide To Treating different types of acne, Acne isn’t a one size fits all approach. To find the right acne treatment, you first need to understand what type of acne you have. Read on to find out.

different types of acne

If you haven’t experienced spots or zits at some time in your teenage years, you’d be one of the rare few. Acne affects more than 90% of Australian adolescents aged 16–18 years. Usually, the dreaded spots clear up within 8-10 years of appearing, but in some cases, they can persist into adulthood, no matter how much we wish they wouldn’t. Then there are some people who only develop acne for the first time as adults.

No matter which camp you fall in, acne can be both physically and emotionally scarring. From hormonal acne (acne tied to fluctuations in your hormones) to acne as a result of other causes such as stress, it’s safe to say we just want it gone!

So, how can you best treat and get rid of acne? Identifying the type of acne you have is the first step. After that, getting prompt and correct treatment can reduce the risk of long-term skin complications, such as dark spots and scarring.

In general, acne can be divided into two groups – non-inflammatory and inflammatory – and it’s possible to have both types at once. Here, we’ll discuss the details of both and some possible treatment options.

Different Types of Acne

Non-inflammatory acne

Blackheads and whiteheads are both considered non-inflammatory acne. They’re usually easier to treat than inflammatory acne, and can respond well to over-the-counter treatments.


Also known as open comedones, blackheads occur when a pore is clogged by a combination of sebum and dead skin cells. The top of the pore stays open despite the rest of it being clogged. They appear as small, slightly raised, black-coloured bumps.

Many people mistake the black colour for trapped dirt and may over exfoliate their skin. However, the black colour is simply a result of the blocked pore being exposed to air, so scrubbing excessively won’t help and may even lead to scarring. And while squeezing a blackhead is tempting (and often easy to do), it too can lead to scarring.


Whiteheads, also known as closed comedones, are small, whitish or flesh-coloured bumps. Unlike blackheads, the pore is entirely closed, so they can’t be removed easily by squeezing. If you try, you may also end up with scarring.


Blackheads and whiteheads can be treated with the same over-the-counter creams or gels. Common ingredients in these products are sulfur, salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Sulfur and salicylic acid work by removing dead skin cells and excess oil, while benzoyl peroxide works by penetrating the pores and killing acne-causing bacteria, as well as softening and peeling the outer layer of the skin.

Sulfur is the mildest of the treatments, with benzoyl peroxide being harsher, but the most effective. Salicylic acid is best for preventing future comedones from forming as it naturally exfoliates the skin.

At Dbest you can check the status of your skin health by taking the skincare quiz in this link to know the best skin care product suited for your skin type.