Types of Acne Treatments

Acne is the worst! Even when you think you’ve finally managed to clear your skin, more shows up.

Using the same treatment for different kinds of acne will result in your acne not fully going away. The four major types of acne and their skin care treatments are listed below.


Hormonal breakouts plague women mostly around the mouth, chin and jaw and get worse before the week before their period. The best way to keep these breakouts to a minimum is to treat the skin proactively by cleansing and using an oil-free moisturizer.

Women who use hormonally-based birth control should be as consistent as possible with it.


Cystic acne happens when there is a severe bacterial infection in the pores. It may begin with whiteheads, pustules and pimples and then progress to cystic acne. It appears as small boils under the skin that are tender and often lead to scarring.

Although cystic acne the most difficult to get rid of, this kind of skin problem can be effectively treated. It is best to proactively treat cystic acne by not allowing the oil glands to become blocked in the first place. A blemish can begin up to two weeks before it appears on the skin. Using topical treatments that prevent the pores from clogging will help keep the breakouts to a minimum. Look for products with L-carnitine, glycolic acid and lactic acid for best results.


Acne begins as a blocked pore which is often the problem with body chemistry. The body’s natural oils don’t flow freely through the pores because it is too thick and waxy. When the oil blocks the pore, it plugs it up and appears like a blackhead, the beginning stages of acne.

Steam, chemical treatments and oil-free moisturizer used in conjunction with a pore-clearing mask three times a week will help remove blackheads and then keep them from reforming. Look for ointments with salicylic acid to keep blackheads away.


Once a blackhead becomes infected or inflamed, it creates a white bump, or whitehead. This white color is due to the white blood cells that are fighting the infection. A sulfur-based medication will reduce the redness around the infection and dry it out. Sulfur is useful because it controls the oil, starves the bacteria and reduces the blemish.

Whether you have one or many types of acne, you now know the best way to treat your blemishes one they erupt, and you know that prevention is best to keep your skin clean and clear.