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What Type of Acne Do You Have?

Did you know that 60 million Americans suffer from acne? Acne can be frustrating, but there are many treatment options available. The best place to start your fight against acne is by figuring out what kind you have.

Quick vocab lesson before we get started: Acne vulgaris is just a fancy term for any kind of acne, from one tiny blackhead all the way to the most severe cystic acne. Lesion is a term for any kind of tissue abnormality, so any blackhead, whitehead, pustule, and cyst is considered a lesion. Now you're ready to take the quiz! And stay tuned, because this week I will be showing you how to treat each kind of acne.

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redrover189 redrover189 8 years
@Tabloid - I know I shouldn't have to know about anything for my face other than, "It looks pretty nasty!" but with my previous dermatologist, I really felt much safer knowing before I went in. She really didn't give me the time of day and would just throw a new prescription at me every time I visited her. She prescribed me Retin-A gel (not micro, this was the stronger stuff) back when it first became popular about 10 years ago. What she neglected to mention was that you probably should moisturize when you use this stuff. I had huge sores all over my face after only a week from using that stuff. Not surprisingly, she apparently "no longer practices" at the clinic she used to be at...I don't know, I just like the idea that if I know what my skin's deal is, and know some prescription products that are on the market and are directed towards my skin type, I have a better chance of getting to the root of the problem. I know the doctor *should* know what I need, but I live with my skin every minute of every day and she only sees it for 15 minutes every 6 months.
redrover189 redrover189 8 years
@Tabloid - I know I shouldn't have to know about anything for my face other than, "It looks pretty nasty!" but with my previous dermatologist, I really felt much safer knowing before I went in. She really didn't give me the time of day and would just throw a new prescription at me every time I visited her. She prescribed me Retin-A gel (not micro, this was the stronger stuff) back when it first became popular about 10 years ago. What she neglected to mention was that you probably should moisturize when you use this stuff. I had huge sores all over my face after only a week from using that stuff. Not surprisingly, she apparently "no longer practices" at the clinic she used to be at... I don't know, I just like the idea that if I know what my skin's deal is, and know some prescription products that are on the market and are directed towards my skin type, I have a better chance of getting to the root of the problem. I know the doctor *should* know what I need, but I live with my skin every minute of every day and she only sees it for 15 minutes every 6 months.
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 8 years
ooh interesting and very informative. thanks!
JennaV JennaV 8 years
Does anyone else have to wait like 2 months before getting in to see her dermatologist? It doesn't matter when I make an appointment, she is always booked for 2 months. I use Differin and Metrogel and I usually don't break except for a few on my forehead and some small bumps on my chin. I hope Dr C will change my rx for me when I go in May.
juliarose23 juliarose23 8 years
this was really helpful..
juliarose23 juliarose23 8 years
this was really helpful..
Tabloid Tabloid 8 years
No one's acne is curable, but the prescription of a antibiotics will help to CONTROL your condition and fight the bacteria that are causing part of the problem!redrover189 - You don't need information or doing a research to know your condition before meeting a dermatologist. You just have to know what type of skin problem do you have. A part of the job of a dermatologist is to know your condition as well. Before they prescribe you anything, they will obviously examine your condition and ask you a few question.
Tabloid Tabloid 8 years
No one's acne is curable, but the prescription of a antibiotics will help to CONTROL your condition and fight the bacteria that are causing part of the problem! redrover189 - You don't need information or doing a research to know your condition before meeting a dermatologist. You just have to know what type of skin problem do you have. A part of the job of a dermatologist is to know your condition as well. Before they prescribe you anything, they will obviously examine your condition and ask you a few question.
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 8 years
my survey says moderate, but i'm cystic, according to my derm. let's hear it for antibiotics, though!
audreyxoxo audreyxoxo 8 years
i had cystic acne, but since using benzoyl peroxide every night i hardly get it at all!
calliope calliope 8 years
I have the mild sandpaper type of acne, but I swear it responds to nothing! Thanks for doing this quiz, I will be very interested to see the types of products available. Hopefully it will be something other than BP because I am allergic to it.
designergirl designergirl 8 years
I had severe, but finally this month I was able to stop using Accutane. Now I have no acne at all! However Bella, I think you should include some tips for body acne, too. My back was the only place I got adult onset acne.
Beauty Beauty 8 years
k_izzie, that's the plan. I'll have lots of suggestions for fighting acne all week.
sophia_HL sophia_HL 8 years
My acne is like a cluster of fluid filled pores. I just get clear liquid out.
k_izzle k_izzle 8 years
Bella, it would be nice if you could suggest products, preferably over the counter, to treat the different types of acne. That would be awesome!
Beauty Beauty 8 years
Redrover189, send me a private message and let me know what you want to know about Differin. :) And 0037sammie, I hardly think you're a freak. I see people with acne all of the time and I never think they're freaks.
mischo-beauty mischo-beauty 8 years
No acne at all- I'm blessed!
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 8 years
Moderate. Still, any at all is too much.
redrover189 redrover189 8 years
0037sammie - oh boo, I'm sure you're lovely!Bella - you are AWESOME for doing this! It's always so intimidating to walk into the dermatologist when you have no information whatsoever, only to say, "Hi, my face looks like crap...can you help me?" If you know what you're dealing with, you can start looking into your routine and research potential prescription/OTC treatments. This will be SO helpful!Hey, Bella, I was wondering if you'd do another follow-up about Differin. After reading parts one and two, I got a prescription for it and had some questions that you might have the answer for (with your experience).
redrover189 redrover189 8 years
0037sammie - oh boo, I'm sure you're lovely! Bella - you are AWESOME for doing this! It's always so intimidating to walk into the dermatologist when you have no information whatsoever, only to say, "Hi, my face looks like crap...can you help me?" If you know what you're dealing with, you can start looking into your routine and research potential prescription/OTC treatments. This will be SO helpful! Hey, Bella, I was wondering if you'd do another follow-up about Differin. After reading parts one and two, I got a prescription for it and had some questions that you might have the answer for (with your experience).
gabiushka gabiushka 8 years
Hey Bella I thought that acne vulgaris was the kind only teenagers get and adult acne has another name and that most over the counter products treated acne vulgaris (teenage) only.
0037sammie 0037sammie 8 years
Is it me, or do I always get the short end of the stick?!Looks like I have the worst one "Severe acne vulgaris" - great! I always wanted to look like a big fat cyst and nodule faced freak.
0037sammie 0037sammie 8 years
Is it me, or do I always get the short end of the stick?! Looks like I have the worst one "Severe acne vulgaris" - great! I always wanted to look like a big fat cyst and nodule faced freak.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
Also moderate.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
Also moderate.
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