Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Our skin is a very sensitive part of our body and is often affected by many different disorders including harmful types of acne. While many of us are aware of the occurrence of acne, we are still unaware of the types of acne that exists. This blog will dig deep into the many types of acne and the steps and treatments that can help cure it.

But before we start the discussion let’s understand our skin first.

Importance of the health of our skin

Our skin plays an important role in protecting our inside body from any harm, acting as a barrier to our bones and muscles. And sadly, we often tend to give it no appreciation for that by neglecting its health. It is important to understand that skin is an equally vital body part just like the rest. Our skin needs its dose of nutrients and nurture too.

Even though there are many skin disorders and diseases that may occur naturally, there are also many harmful kinds that may occur due to neglect of care. Hence, if you wish to maintain your overall health, do not leave out your skin in the routine!

Now that we understand the importance of our skin and its care, let’s find out what acne exactly is.

What is Acne?

Acne is a kind of skin disease that takes place due to the clogging of hair follicles under the skin with germs, dead skin cells or even excess oil. They look like large and bumpy pimples but are actually more than just a pimple.

Acne is a serious skin condition which can be painful and appear as inflamed patches on the skin, filling the skin’s outer core. And more to that tragedy, it does not stop on one kind.

Types of Acne and its Treatment

Globally, we have generally believed that there is only one kind of acne that can be cured with one treatment. Well, we are wrong! There have been different types of acne that are found, which all take place due to several many reasons and as for its treatment,  it does not limit to one. 

The various types of acne involve Non-Inflammatory acne, Inflammatory acne, Hormonal acne and also Cystic acne. All these types of acne rise from different rooted reasons and each have different cures. Going forward, we will discuss the cause of such acne, prevention tips and how to cure it. Keep reading to find out how you can maintain healthy, clear and acne free skin.

Non-inflammatory acne

Non-inflammatory Acne, also called whiteheads and blackheads are non swelling acne break out. These little acne bumps are generally non-inflammatory and are formed due to excess sebum secretion and dead skin cells clogging the skin pores.

Treatment for Non-Inflammatory Acne

Some of the best treatments that cure Non-Inflammatory Acne are the ingredients called Salycylic Acid, Topical Retinoids and even Benzoyl Peroxide. These formulas are a great source of exfoliation that helps removing dead skin cells as well as dry up excess oil on the face.

Inflammatory acne

Inflammatory acne is one of the types of acne pimples that are red, larger in size and swollen. These acnes are often very painful and causes irritation on skin. Even though excess sebum and dead skin cells plays an active role in causing Inflammatory acne, acne causing bateria also plays a cruel role in its existence. These bacteria cause infection deep underneath skin which is often hard to get rid of or cure completely. Such acne also leaves rigid scars and acne spots behind.

There are various Inflammatory acne such as :

  • Papules: These occur when the walls surrounding the pores break down from severe inflammation on the ssurface of the skin causing head and clogged pores that are tender in touch.
  • Pustules: These bumps occur when the walls around the pore break down but unlike Papules, these contain pus and appears red in colour.
  • Nodules: This, among the types of acne, occurs due to severly clogged pores deep beneath the skin causing skin irritation. These are typically treated by medically prescribed formulas and dermatologist, and not at home.
  • Cyst: These root from excess sebum, dead skin cells and also bacteria. These are large in size, mostly caused due to an infection and are likely to leave tough scars.

Treatment for Inflammatory Acne

Inflammatory acne is among the types of acne that requires medical attention of a dermatologist who might suggest ingredients like topical and oral antibiotics, retinoids, benzoyl peroxide, and azelaic acid. But these are only applicable if a dermatologist recommends so. 

Hormonal acne

Hormonal acne is usually just known as acne which is a common occurrence among the age group of 20 to 50 but more so in young adults and teens. It is caused due to hormonal imbalance, rise of androgens levels which leads to excessive sebum secretion which further leads to such inflammation. It can also cause due to improper menstrual cycle, during pregnancy and even hike in stress. 

Cystic acne

Cystic acne are inflamed, large in size acne pimples that causes serious irritation and are painful on skin. This takes place mostly in teenage years due to imbalance androgen levels that leads to heightened sebum secretion. Such occurrence leads to inflammation and later Cystic acne. 

Treatment for Cystic Acne

Treatments for Cystic acne range from oral antibiotics, isotretinoin, to even corticosteroid injections. But most importantly for all types of acne, it is a must to keep the area clean to avoid the growth of all acne causing germs and bacteria.

Natural remedies for acne

Looking for a easier solution to get rid of acne naturally? Here are some natural remedic ingredients that are often trusted for the removal of acne and acne causing bacteria:

  • Tea Tree
  • Green Tea
  • Aloe Vera
  • Neem
  • Honey
  • Apple Cider Vinegar or ACV
  • Witch Hazel
  • Oatmeal
  • Rosemary

These ingredients are acne solving masters and are often added in products that are dedicated in curing acne. But even after this you must remember that acne is a serious skin problem that requires medical attention and simple natural remedies may not be as effective as medical treatment would be. Such natural remedies and its application without proper knowledge might lead to side effects too, hence its always better to appoint a dermatologist for treatments. 

How to prevent acne: Tips & Tricks

Did you know medicated treatments and so on are not enough to cure your acne? But why? Such questions arise when we skip the part where our diet, schedules and general lifestyle also plays a part in maintaining our skin health. Yes, its true! Our general lifestyle could also be the reason behind our acne not curing even after medication. 

While treating acne, one must remember that its very important to keep a healthy lifestyle and follow healthy habits to make sure the ongoing treatment works its best! 

Here are some daily life tips that will help you to do so:

  • Wash your face twice daily to keep it clean.
  • Keep your scalp clean.
  • Do not forget to apply sunscreen every morning.
  • Avoid refined, sugary, and junk foods and drinks.
  • Avoid smoking or consumption of alcohol.
  • Sleep timely.
  • Drink atleast 8 glasses of water everyday.
  • Eat a balanced diet.
  • Keep your bed and pillow covers clean.
  • Avoid attempting to try out new unknown products without doctor’s advice.
  • Lastly, maintain your skin care routine and treatments regularly to see result!


With that we come to end of this blog where we discussed the types of acne that is there, the place it roots forms and why it happens so, but most importantly what you can do to cure it! Be sure to maintain your skin whether you are suffering from acne or not. Remember that your skin is a very vital organ of your body and its care is just as necessary as anything else.

Or, you can consult a dermatologist for better results.


How do I know my acne type?

Since there are many different acnes and it is often hard to recognise its kind and cause, it is best to visit a dermatologist to understand the problem properly.

What are the top best acne treatments?

One of the simplest ways to avoid all types of acne is by keeping your clean and germ free, this positively ensures your skin does not suffer inflammation. Moreover, if we talk about ingredients then some of the best a acne treatments are Salycylic acid, aloe vera, neem, and more.

How do you get rid of different types of pimples?

To get rid of the different types of pimples, you can refer to our blog and understand it in broad detail!

What does hormonal acne look like?

Hormonal acne is one of the types that are generally large in size, often swollen and red.

How do I know if my acne is bacterial or hormonal?

As bacterial and hormonal are the types of acne that look alike, it is best to get the views of a dermatologist one on one to cure it better.

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