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Varieties of Non-Inflamed Acne Blemishes

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Acne has many forms and types. Not all types of acne look like each other. They appear differently, they can be blackheads and they can be as severe as pustules. For each type of acne, there is a corresponding acne blemish treatment. It is important that you know the other varieties of acne blemishes. These blemishes are not as severe and not as obvious as the other types of acne. Let us discuss each of them one by one.

Soft closed comedones. These are the little bumps you see on the surface of the skin. They not painful and they are not red unlike the severe types of acne. Soft closed comedones happen when dirt and oil get trapped in the pores mixed with layers of dead skin cells. In order to get rid of these comedones gentle pressure is exerted on them to bring the trapped oil to the surface. A gentle cleanser is necessary to keep pores clean.

Hard closed comedones. These are also called milia and they are more obvious the other kind. Milia are not painful or red and they are commonly found in the eye area. Milia are similar to a grain of sand stuck in your pores. You will most often see whiteheads which are a combination of sebum and dead skin cells. Milia are extracted by making a small incision and carefully removing the plug from the skin.

Open comedones. This is also called a blackhead. Blackheads are noticeable because of their dark brown to black appearance. This is an accumulation of dead skin cells and oil within the follicle. The top which is exposed to the air is not covered by a layer of skin. The surface is similar to cut apple which has been exposed to the air for quite some time.

Microcomedones. These are too small to be seen with the naked eye. This is the early stage of acne lesions caused by dead skin cells and oil getting mixed in the pores.

These signs of acne are easier to address than severe ones. Get to their source immediately and you would not have to worry about how to get rid of acne scars.