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Old 02-23-2003, 07:46 PM   #1
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Post kinds of zits.... help me I'm clueless

Ok, I've been posting a lot today so maybe you already know, but I have been to a derm and everything and I am being treated for acne.... but what are the kinds of pimples?? I have seen on here "pistules" (this I am really confused about...?) "cysts" (i think i know, but would like conformation) any other kinds? I am not sure what kind I have, all my derm told me is "There is nothing you are doing to cause your acne, and we are going to aggressively treat it" whatever... bla, I dont really like this guy, I have learned so much more off this forum!! I just need to know the lingo!

I kind of just get red bumps that when you pick and squeeze them (god i wish I could stop, I know u guyz understand my pain!) pus comes out, usually waxy, but sometimes runny gross stuff.... they arn't real huge, and really dont seem to be in clumps, just in random places all over my face, a few on my chest, and a bunch on my back...

Any help on my lingo would be much appriciated!!!!


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Old 02-23-2003, 08:55 PM   #2
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hey there, here are some terms that i found of a website that i am not permitted to mention because of the rules on this message board. just go to any search engine and type "acne" or "acne types" and you will find tones on info. good luck with your treatment!

Comedonal acne: Acne characterized by whiteheads and blackheads, without other forms of skin lesions.

Comedones: Enlarged, plugged hair follicles. If the comedone is under the skin, it's a whitehead. If it breaks the surface of the skin, it's a blackhead.

Cyst: Similar to a pustule, a cyst is an inflamed, pus-filled lesion that goes deep into the skin, and can cause pain and scarring.

Cystic acne: One of the most severe forms of acne, cystic acne occurs when the infected contents of a pustule or pimple erupts beneath the skin, rather than on the surface. The body's natural defenses then try to fight the infection, leading to swelling and pain. Cystic acne often causes facial scarring. While it usually occurs spontaneously, cystic acne can be caused by scratching and picking at pimples.

Macule: A temporary red area that is the result of a healing lesions. When macules are massed in an area they make the skin look an angry red.

Nodule: These are large, solid and often painful skin lesions that are buried deep in the skin layers.

Papules: Small, tender pink bumps on the skin.

Pustules: Also called pimples, pustules are inflamed, pus-filled comedones, often red around their edges.

Old 02-23-2003, 08:59 PM   #3
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Thanks so much John!!! That was extreamly helpful and has cleared up a whole lot of my confusion!!


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