Acne occurs when pores become clogged with oils, dead skin cells, or bacteria. When pores get plugged, it becomes impossible for natural skin oils to drain to the surface and cause a bump. There are several types of acne, and how a pimple is created influences how it looks and what type of acne it is.
A whitehead (seen in the photo above) is formed when pores become clogged, but the trapped oils and bacteria stay beneath the skin's surface. This causes the skin over that pore to stretch, turning it white. Sometimes they are virtually invisible to the naked eye, and sometimes blatantly obvious. After a while, the whitehead may rupture, release its contents to the surface, and eventually heal. With the assistance of acne medication, these whiteheads will disappear more quickly and be less likely to leave scars.
A blackhead is initially formed the same way as a whitehead. Still, the oils and bacteria spill onto the skin's surface during its formation and oxidize, which gives you a blackish-brownish bump that will misleadingly look like dirt. A blackhead cannot simply be washed away, though. It ruptures similarly to a whitehead and will eventually heal. As with whiteheads, scars can be prevented with the appropriate acne medication, and the healing may move along more quickly.
When the follicle wall breaks, white blood cells rush to the site to repair it, which causes the pore to become inflamed and form a blemish. If the follicle wall breaks, the white blood cells will clog the follicle and cause oils and bacteria to be stuck in the pore until the follicle wall is repaired. Pimples are tiny and usually go unnoticed. A few days after the follicle wall breaks, the white blood cells will make their way to the skin's surface. This will cause the skin to become more raised and red and cause pimples. People typically refer to blemishes as a 'zit' or a 'pimple.'
When the follicle wall breaks at the bottom of the pore, it can sometimes cause the pore's collapse. This will cause either a nodule or a cyst. A nodule is a large, inflamed bump that can be quite sore to the touch, while a cyst is a sizeable pus-filled lesion. Both are very annoying and can occur anywhere on the body.
Another type of acne is called milia. These are tiny white bumps caused when dead skin cells get stuck in small pockets on the skin's surface. It commonly occurs across the nose and upper cheeks. As more skin cells die and flake away, milia typically resolve itself, but the proper acne medication can help to speed the healing process.
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