How do I know which type of acne I have?

Our experts answer your most frequently asked questions.

Early acne, also called retentional acne Hyperseborrhea + comedones + microcysts Spots appear on the nose, cheeks, forehead and sometimes on the shoulder and the pinna (external ear). Microcysts can sometimes be inflamed.

Inflamed acne

  • Papulopustular acne

Hyperseborrhea + comedones + microcysts + papules + pustules
This is the most common form of acne. It is found on the face, the chest and the shoulders. Its degree of gravity depends on its extent. There is a risk of scarring.

  • Nodular acne

Comedones + microcysts + cysts + papules + pustules + nodules
This form of acne is more rare, and progressively extends to the neck, to the torso and to the buttocks. Nodules tend to fester. Spots can leave many marks.

The earlier a treatment is started, the better the results will be, and the lower the risk of scarring. Consult your pharmacist or dermatologist for advice. They will know how to guide you and direct you to the best treatment for your type of acne.

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