Skin Matters

Pimples 101

They’re not all the same.

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The trick to banishing breakouts? Know what kind you have, so you can figure out how to treat them.
 
Blackheads
These form when oil and dead skin cells are trapped in your pores. Once it surfaces and gets exposed to air, it can oxidize and create tiny, black dots on your face. The most common areas affected:  your nose, chin, and the center of your forehead. Although it’s tempting to pick them free, opt to schedule a facial instead to score a proper cleaning.  Otherwise, you might risk getting an infection.


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Whiteheads
Just like blackheads, these form when oil and dead skin cells accumulate in your pores. The difference is that this is trapped inside a closed pore, which is why it doesn’t get a chance to oxidize and turn black. These small, round bumps can occur anywhere on your skin, but are common around the nose and chin area also. Keep them away by using a facial scrub with salicylic acid to help cleanse your pores on a deeper level.
 
Papules
These pimples are pink or red bumps that form on your skin. They’re small in size, but don’t have any visible fluid when you take a closer look. It turns red and inflamed, because your body’s immune system is trying to fight off the infection. Help it along by using a pimple clearing gel that contains salicylic acid.
 
Pustules
These are a lot harder to treat than papules, since they are bigger and usually have a yellow or white pus-filled center. They’re usually a lot more inflamed and redder, since you need more white blood cells to fight the infection. While it may be tempting to pop them, never do so because it can cause crater-like scarring.
 
Cystic Acne
The worst of the bunch! Cystic acne is a painful, large bump that lurks just beneath the surface of your skin. It can linger for weeks, occasionally hardening, and tend to leave deep scars behind. For this kind of acne, it’s best to see a dermatologist who’s certified by the Philippine Dermatological Society, so you can treat it immediately and lessen the risk of scarring.
 
What kind of pimples do you usually get? Sound off below!
 

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