Acne 101 – Comedones, Papules, Pustules, and Nodules

To continue the Acne 101 series, we’ll be talking about the different types of blemishes. Personally, when I have a pimple that’s what I call it – a pimple. I don’t care if it’s a comedone or a papule or whatever, I just need it to get off my face ASAP. But as we learned in the last post Acne 101 – Introduction, there’s a whole catalyst of events that occur on the surface of the skin and the different types of blemishes correlate with acne severity. We all might think we have really terrible acne, but what TYPE of pimple actually defines acne severity? This will also guide us when we start talking about recommended treatment depending on your acne type.


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Acne 101 – Introduction

Hi everyone!

We will be starting our series on acne and today’s post is on Acne 101 AKA general information. We’ll cover papules, comedones, treatments, etc in the subsequent posts. This series will include photos, so please be prepared!

What is acne?

Acne or acne vulgaris is a self-limiting skin disease of the pilosebaceous unit (the hair follicle and the accompanying sebaceous gland). It presents as comedones, papules, pustules, and nodules with varying extent and severity. Although the acne is self-limiting, it can be a lifelong (*sob*) process with formation of scarring

What causes acne?

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Curology Review – First Impressions

For those of you that haven’t heard of Curology, previously known as PocketDerm, it is essentially an online dermatologist. Curology is super interesting to me since I work in the healthcare field and “telemedicine” is becoming more and more popular. And why wouldn’t it be? I make an appointment with my doctor for 5pm and don’t actually get seen until 7:30pm. Like what was the point of even making an appointment? And then if I’M late, they won’t see me. Excuse me?

Okay, anyway, back to the topic at hand. For $19.95 a month, your personal dermatologist (or nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant) will prescribe you medication for your skin related concerns (acne, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, etc) based on a questionnaire and photos of your skin uploaded to the website. This customized medication is delivered to you every 3 months, but if you need more before the 3 months, they will ship you another bottle at no additional charge. Continue reading “Curology Review – First Impressions”