Acne is a very common and inflammatory condition of the skin. It occurs when the pores of the skin become blocked with oil, dead skin, or bacteria.

Acne causes spots and pimples especially on the face, shoulders, back, neck, chest, and upper arms. There are different types of acne:

Blackheads, Whiteheads, Pustules, Papules, Nodules, and Cystic Acne.

Types of Acne

Black Heads:

Blackheads are a widespread form of acne. It’s usually spotted with little black dots therefore known as Black Heads. Blackheads are also known as comedones. Blackheads can be easily treated with general exfoliation.

White Heads:

Whiteheads are the same as blackheads. They appear when the dead skin cells, oil, and bacteria get trapped within pores. The increased oil production causes clogging of pores and eventually forms white heads.


Pustules are small bumps on the skin that contains fluid or pus. They are commonly addressed as types of pimples. Pustules occur due to clogged pores and when the wall of the pore begins to break down. They are slightly bigger in size than whiteheads or blackheads.


A papule is like a red bump on the skin. The papule doesn’t contain any fluid or pus. Papules are also known as skin lesions as it essentially changes your skin’s color or texture.


Nodule acne is a severe type of inflammatory acne. It remains intact and deep under the skin. Nodule acne if persists for weeks or month turn into deep cystic acne. For treatment, you should consult your dermatologist.

Cystic acne:

Cystic acne is red boils and large in comparison to blackheads or white heads. Cysts reside deep under the skin. They are filled with pus and that’s why they are softer. They are a severe type of acne that when burst open is painful and often leads to infection. It is recommended to consult your dermatologist for cystic acne.