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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