Usually caused due to excess sebum production, bacteria and hormonal changes, acne is one of the most common skin conditions that affect all age groups. But in order to effectively deal with acne, it is important to understand which type of acne you’re experiencing. Read on to learn more about the subtypes of acne and how you can treat them.

Papules
 

Papules

Papules are tiny red bumps that are inflamed and formed into a rash. The skin around this area is usually swollen, hard and painful to touch.

How to treat them: Papules are relatively easy to deal with. You can treat them with drying lotions or over-the-counter spot treatments. They respond pretty well to ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.

Pustules
 

Pustules

The fluid or puss-filled bumps on the skin are called pustules. These are tender to touch and have a defined circular centre. The skin around this pimple is pink and inflamed. Immune cells and bacterial cells collect to form this pus.

How to treat them: Follow a regular skincare routine that is suitable for oily and acne prone skin. A natural home-remedy would be to apply fresh aloe gel each night before going to bed.

Nodules
 

Nodules

Nodules are a severe form of acne that are larger than papules or pustules. A nodule is a painful and an inflamed bump that contains pus and is hard to touch. Nodules occur when clogged, swollen pores endure further irritation and grow larger.

How to treat them: For this type of acne, home remedies are not recommended. Consult a practicing dermatologist who will prescribe the right kind of oral as well topical medication to effectively combat the issue.