Not all cases of acne are the same. This is important as the different approaches of treating acne are only effective for certain types and stages of acne. To simplify things though, dermatologists classify acne pimples into two different groups: inflammatory and non-inflammatory pimples.
Inflammatory acne comprises some common and rare forms of acne. It refers to the sort of pimples which itch and are often painful when touched. Inflammatory pimples happen when some oil and bacteria inside your skin react and some affluence swells up around your hair follicles. The pimples considered inflammatory differ from each other according to the degree of tenderness and also whether you can expect scars to be left behind after the acne is over.
There are four forms of inflammatory acne:
Non inflammatory pimples do not itch or hurt though they are no less conspicuous. There are two types of such pimples: whiteheads and blackheads. As the name suggests, blackheads are conspicuously dark. They are usually made of a mix of dirt and oil which can attain even more dark pigmentation due to interaction with your skin's melanin.
Whiteheads on the other hand are non-inflammatory pimples which are caused only by secreted fat trapped beneath the skin. As the oil has not been oxidized or reacted with other compounds, it remains distinctly whitish.
As we have already established, different approaches are recommended for various forms of acne. It is therefore important to consult a certified dermatologist first before embarking on a course of acne treatment in Singapore.
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